Lise Rakner

Team Members



Lise Rakner – Project Leader

Professor of Political Science, University of Bergen

Senior Researcher (20%), Chr. Michelsen Institute

Political scientist focusing on democratization, human rights, economic reform, taxation, institutional change and international aid.

As project leader, Lise has a hand in all dimensions of the project, but with a particular focus on contestation, association and gender rights.




Don’t Touch My Constitution! Civil Society Resistance to Democratic Backsliding in Africa’s Pluralist Regimes

Lise Rakner (2021)

Special Issue Article In: Global Policy


Do women face a different standard? The interplay of gender and corruption in the 2014 presidential elections in Malawi

Boniface Dulani, Lise Rakner, Lindsay Benstead & Vibeke Wang (2021)

In: Women’s Studies International Forum


Paying to Party: Candidate Resources and Party Switching in New Democracies

Leonardo R. Arriola, Donghyun Danny Choi, Justine M. Davis, Melanie L. Phillips & Lise Rakner (2021)

In: Party Politics


Democratic Rollback in Africa

Lise Rakner (2019)

In Nic Cheeseman: The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics. Oxford University Press.


The perfect enemy: From migrants to sexual minorities

Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner (2019)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief no. 2019:05) 4 p.


Breaking BAD: Understanding Backlash Against Democracy in Africa

Lise Rakner (2018)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight 2018:1)


The Impact of elections: The case of Uganda

Svein-Erik Helle, Lise Rakner (2017)

In Johannes Gerschewski, Christoph H. Stefes: Crisis in Autocratic Regimes. Lynne Rienner Publishers pp. 111-134