Tore Wig

Research Professor

Tore Wig
Additional position(s):
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

Twitter: @torewig


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​2015. “Government Turnover and the Effects of Regime Type: How Requiring Alternation in Power Biases Against the Estimated Economic Benefits of Democracy”, with Carl Henrik Knutsen, Comparative Political Studies 48(7), 882-914

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Dahlum, Sirianne & Tore Wig (2020) Chaos on Campus: Universities and Mass Political Protest, Comparative Political Studies 54(1): 3–32.
Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Vilde Djuve & Tore Wig (2020) Patterns of Regime Breakdown since the French Revolution, Comparative Political Studies 53(6): 923–958.
Dahlum, Sirianne; Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig (2019) Who Revolts? Empirically Revisiting the Social Origins of Democracy, Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1086/704699.
Wig, Tore & Sirianne Dahlum (2018) Educating Demonstrators: Education and Mass Protest in Africa, Journal of Conflict Resolution 63(1): 3–30.
Kromrey, Daniela & Tore Wig (2018) Which groups fight? Customary institutions and communal conflicts in Africa, Journal of Peace Research 55(4): 415–429.
Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Andreas Kotsadam; Eivind Hammersmark Olsen & Tore Wig (2017) Mining and Local Corruption in Africa, American Journal of Political Science 61(2): 320–334.
Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård & Tore Wig (2017) Autocratic Elections: Stabilizing Tool or Force for Change?, World Politics 69(1): 98–143.
Wig, Tore & Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2016) Local institutional quality and conflict violence in Africa, Political Geography 53: 30–42.
Wig, Tore & Espen Geelmuyden Rød (2016) Cues to Coup Plotters: Elections as Coup Triggers in Dictatorships, Journal of Conflict Resolution 60(5): 787–812.
Wig, Tore (2016) Peace from the past: Pre-colonial political institutions and civil wars in Africa, Journal of Peace Research 53(4): 509–524.
Wig, Tore; Håvard Hegre & Patrick M. Regan (2015) Updated data on institutions and elections 1960–2012: presenting the IAEP dataset version 2.0, Research & Politics 2(2): 1–11.


Gerring, John; Brendan Apfield; Tore Wig & Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2022) The Deep Roots of Modern Democracy: Geography and the Diffusion of Political Institutions. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Gjerløw, Haakon; Carl Henrik Knutsen; Tore Wig & Matthew Wilson (2021) One Road to Riches? How State Building and Democratization Affect Economic Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Elements in Political Economy.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Ari, Baris; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch; Håvard Hegre & Tore Wig (2016) Democratization and Civil Conflict, American Political Science Association-Comparative Democratization (APSA-CD) 14(2): 1–7.

Popular Article

Wig, Tore; Sirianne Dahlum & Carl Henrik Knutsen (2020) Erna som diktator [Erna as Dictator], VG, 25 March.
Wig, Tore (2020) Det vil bli blodig [It Will Be Bloody], Agenda Magasin, 25 March.
Djuve, Vilde; Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig (2020) Are we on the cusp of a global wave of regime change?, Political Violence at a Glance, 6 February.
Djuve, Vilde; Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig (2019) Ingen regimer varer evig, VG, 18 November.
Dahlum, Sirianne; Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig (2019) We checked 100 years of protests in 150 countries. Here’s what we learned about the working class and democracy., The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, 24 October.
Wig, Tore (2019) Demokrati kommer nedenfra, Klassekampen, 8 August.
Østby, Gudrun; Karim Bahgat; Kendra Dupuy; Siri Aas Rustad; Håvard Strand & Tore Wig (2018) New Mapping of Children Affected by Armed Conflict, PRIO blog, 15 February.
Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård & Tore Wig (2017) You’d think dictators would avoid elections. Here’s why they don’t., Washington Post, 14 March.

PRIO Policy Brief

Bahgat, Karim; Kendra Dupuy; Gudrun Østby; Siri Aas Rustad; Håvard Strand & Tore Wig (2018) Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2016, Conflict Trends, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Bahgat, Karim; Kendra Dupuy; Gudrun Østby; Siri Aas Rustad; Håvard Strand; & Tore Wig (2018) Children and Armed Conflict: What Existing Data Can Tell UsOslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Gerring, John; Tore Wig; Andreas Forø Tollefsen; & Brendan Apfeld (2018) Harbors and Democracy, V-Dem Working Paper, 70. Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute.

Blog Posts

Steadfast Military Support for Ukraine Is the Route to Peace

Posted by Tore Wig on Tuesday, 5 July 2022

In his essay Pacifism and the war, George Orwell wrote that “pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist.”, because “[if] you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one.” The war ... Read more »

Putin May Fall

Posted by Tore Wig & Carl Henrik Knutsen on Thursday, 31 March 2022

We can be pretty sure that the likelihood of both a coup and a revolution in Russia is significantly higher today than it was a couple of months ago. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looks like becoming a historic event with far-reaching consequences. Alongside the loss of human life and devastation ... Read more »

We Shouldn’t Be Surprised by Putin’s Invasion

Posted by Tore Wig on Sunday, 27 February 2022

The wheel of history is now in motion. Russia’s gruesome attack on Ukraine disrupts one of the most significant trends in the history of nation states, namely the astounding absence of large-scale wars of invasion and occupation in Europe since the end of World War II. For many years, peace ... Read more »

Democracy Works, Even in Weak States

Posted by Haakon Gjerløw, Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig on Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Political scientists have long assumed that a strong state is a prerequisite for a well-functioning democracy. Recent research suggests that this assumption is wrong. “Building a modern democratic state in Afghanistan where the government’s writ runs uniformly throughout the country implies a timeframe of many years, indeed decades,” wrote the ... Read more »

The United States Must Be Viewed as a Flawed Democracy at Significant Risk of Transitioning into Dictatorship

Posted by Tore Wig on Tuesday, 12 January 2021

A study of flawed democracies and semi-dictatorships describes a common pattern of events as follows: After having lost an election, the sitting president claims that the election was invalid, whereupon he attempts a coup d’état and his supporters storm the parliament. A few years ago, this sequence of events would ... Read more »

Erna Solberg as dictator?

Posted by Sirianne Dahlum, Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig on Thursday, 26 March 2020

Seen in hindsight: was Norwegian democracy actually in peril for a few days in mid-March 2020? This piece is part of our blog series Beyond the COVID Curve. COVID-19 has quickly changed everything from our daily routines, to the policies of governments, to the fortunes of the global economy. How ... Read more »

This may be the largest wave of nonviolent mass movements in world history. What comes next?

Posted by Erica Chenoweth, Sirianne Dahlum, Sooyeon Kang, Zoe Marks, Christopher Wiley Shay & Tore Wig on Monday, 25 November 2019

Around the globe, mass nonviolent protests are demanding that national leaders step down. Evo Morales, Bolivia’s three-term leftist president, is the latest casualty of mass demonstrations, after being abandoned by the military. Beyond Bolivia, people are rising up against their governments in places as varied as Chile, Lebanon, Ecuador, Argentina, Hong Kong, Iraq and Britain. This ... Read more »

We checked 100 years of protests in 150 countries. Here’s what we learned about the working class and democracy.

Posted by Sirianne Dahlum, Carl Henrik Knutsen & Tore Wig on Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The success of mass protests depends on who is doing the protesting. Many observers fear that democracy is currently at risk — including in the United States and some European countries. Some commentators blame less-educated members of the working classes for the democratic backlash. According to the stereotype, these voters tend ... Read more »

Decolonization Gone off the Rails

Posted by Tore Wig on Friday, 10 August 2018

This summer we have had the opportunity to read about the campaign to ‘decolonize academia’: the call to improve the representation of non-Western voices in the curricula of Norwegian educational institutions. The supporters of this campaign justify it on the basis that it will challenge ways of thinking in the ... Read more »

New Mapping of Children Affected by Armed Conflict

Posted by Gudrun Østby, Karim Bahgat, Kendra Dupuy, Siri Camilla Aas Rustad, Håvard Strand & Tore Wig on Thursday, 15 February 2018

This weekend, decision-makers from all over the world will come together to discuss current and future security challenges at the Munich Security Conference (MSC), which has become the major global forum for discussion of security policy. At the conference, Save the Children will launch its new report The War on ... Read more »

Sleepless in the Age of Trump

Posted by Tore Wig on Monday, 6 February 2017

What we know about how great power wars start should make us terrified of President Trump. I don’t sleep at night, because of Donald Trump. This is unusual. I wasn’t kept awake at night by George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. Nor do I lose sleep over hot-blooded authoritarians such ... Read more »

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