Lise Rakner

Research Leader for the Democracy & Law Unit

Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen

Political scientist focusing on the issues of democratisation and human rights, economic reform, taxation, institutional change and international aid, with a particular emphasis on Southern and Eastern Africa. Rakner is currently the project leader for the Breaking BAD: Understanding the backlash against democracy in Africa project.

Her current research interests concern electoral administration and party developments in Sub-Saharan Africa and more generally the relationship between political and economic processes of reform, accountability and the development of political institutions.
Rakner has served as consultant for NORAD, SIDA, DFID, the World Bank, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rakner works  as a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.



Gender Trouble: Glocalization of gender politics and challenges for public health and democracy
2023 - 2024

Litigating the Right to Health
2008 - 2012