Svein-Erik Helle

Breaking BAD Project

Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute

Political scientist currently working on projects related to political institutions and their role in fostering or reducing political inequality. He is a member of the Breaking BAD project team.

Helle submitted his PhD on the causes and consequences of the uneven playing field in electoral competitions in non-democracies in Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Bergen in the spring of 2017. His work focuses on the role institutions and critical actors in capturing, maintaining, preserving and changing political power. In his research, he prefers adopting a multi-method approach. Helle has experience from long-term fieldwork in Uganda and Angola.

Helle works on projects related to political inequality, human rights, democracy, governance and civil society.