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Lisa Dellmuth is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations and a research associate at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2011. Her research focuses on legitimacy in global governance, global governance with a particular focus on marine and climate risks issues, and the linkages between fiscal policy and inequality.

For her research on fiscal policy in the EU budget, Lisa received the Sage Award for the best article published in European Union Politics in 2012 (vol. 13) and the Best Paper Award for Young Scholars awarded by the Swedish Political Science Association in 2010. Lisa's work has been published in leading international peer-review journals, such as British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Studies, Review of International Organizations and WIREs Climate ChangeIn addition, Lisa is completing a book manuscript on the linkages between redistribution and equitable growth in the EU, which was awarded an Early Career Research Grant of the Regional Studies Association in 2015. See Lisa's homepage for a full CV and more information.

Lisa is the convenor of the steering committee of the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). She is also associate editor of  Political Studies and editorial board member of Interest Groups and Advocacy.


Here are Lisa's Publications and the replication material. Some of them are on SSRN.

Here is an overview of Lisa's research projects.



Articles (peer-reviewed)


Fiscal policy and electoral politics

Dellmuth, Lisa M., Dominik Schraff, and Michael F. Stoffel, "Distributive politics, electoral institutions, and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from France and Italy",  Journal of Common Market Studies, 55:2 (2017), pp. 275-293. 

JCMS article – accepted (376 Kb)

Replication material, Dellmuth et al. 2016 JCMS (13 Kb)


Dellmuth, Lisa M. and Michael F. Stoffel, "Distributive politics and intergovernmental transfers: The local allocation of European Union Structural Funds", European Union Politics, 13:3 (2012), pp. 413-33

EUP article - accepted 

Replication material, Dellmuth and Stoffel (2012) (21 Kb)


Dellmuth, Lisa M., "The cash divide: The allocation of European Union regional grants"Journal of European Public Policy, 18:7 (2011), pp. 1016-33.

JEPP article - accepted (283 Kb)

Replication data, Dellmuth (2011) (32 Kb)


Global governance, including global environmental governance

Dellmuth, Lisa M., Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Niklas Bremberg, and Malin Mobjörk, "Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda",  WIREs Climate Change 2017, e496. doi:10.1002/wcc.496.

WIREs 2018 (230 Kb)


Tallberg, Jonas, Lisa M. Dellmuth, Hans Agné, and Andreas Duit, "NGO influence in international organizations: Information, access, and exchange", British Journal of Political Science, 48:1 (2018), pp. 213-238.

BJPS 2018 (350 Kb)

Replication material, Tallberg et al. 2015 (16 Kb)

Tallberg-etal-2015-online-appendix (254 Kb)

Replication material also available at the BJPS Dataverse).


Dellmuth, Lisa M. and Jonas Tallberg, "Advocacy strategies in global governance: Inside vs. outside lobbying",  Political Studies, doi:10.1177/0032321716684356. 

Political Studies - accepted (358 Kb)

Replication material, Political Studies (72 Kb)


Sahlin, Kerstin, Filip Wijkström, Lisa M. DellmuthTorbjörn Einarsson, and Achim Oberg, "The 'Milky Way' of intermediary organizations. A transnational field of university governance", Policy and Politics, 43:3 (2015), pp. 407-24Reprinted in: Ansell, C. and Torfing, J. (eds) How Does Collaborative Governance Scale? (Bristol: Policy Press, 2018).

Sahlin et al. 2015 -accepted paper version (7039 Kb)


Agné, Hans, Lisa M. Dellmuth, and Jonas Tallberg, "Does stakeholder involvement foster democratic legitimacy in international organizations? An empirical assessment of a normative theory ", Review of International Organizations, 10:4 (2015), pp. 465-88.

ROIO article – accepted (113 Kb)

Replication material, Agné et al. (2015) (64 Kb)


Legitimacy in global governance

Dellmuth, Lisa M. and Adam W. Chalmers, "All spending is not equal:European Union public spending, policy feedback, and citizens' support for the EU",  European Journal of Political Research 57:3 (2018), pp. 3-23.

EJPR 2017 (404 Kb)

Replication material available at


DellmuthLisa M., "The knowledge gap in world politics: Assessing the sources of citizen awareness of the United Nations Security Council", Review of International studies, 42:2 (2016), pp. 673-700.

RIS article - accepted (1478 Kb)

Replication material, Dellmuth (2016) (153 Kb) .


Chalmers, Adam W. and Lisa M. Dellmuth, "Fiscal redistribution and public support for European integration", European Union Politics, 16:3 (2015), pp. 386-407.

EUP article - accepted (607 Kb)

Replication material, Chalmers and Dellmuth (2015) (2414 Kb)

Chalmers-Dellmuth-online-appendix (553 Kb)  


Dellmuth, Lisa M. and Jonas Tallberg, "The social legitimacy of international organizations: Interest representation, institutional performance, and confidence extrapolation in the United Nations", Review of International Studies, 41:3 (2015), pp. 451-75.

RIS article - accepted (782 Kb)

Replication material, Dellmuth and Tallberg (2014) (4456 Kb)


Popularizing work

Policy reports

Mobjörk, M., Gustafsson, M.T., Sonnsjö, H., van Baalen, S., Dellmuth, L.M. and Bremberg, N. Climate-Related Security Risks. Towards an Integrated Approach (Stockholm: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 2016) (76 p.). Available at:


Van Baalen, S., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T., Mobjörk, M. and Sonnsjö, H., Climate Change and Security: Security Risks and the Role of Multilateral Organisations (Stockholm: Stockholm University, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs Stockholm Resilience Centre, 2015) (61 p.).


Cheung, W. et al. Predicting Future Oceans. Climate Change, Oceans Fisheries (University of British Columbia, 2015) (24 p.). Available at:


Dellmuth, Lisa M. (2011) European Structural, Agricultural and Environmental Spending in Germany: Challenges and Problems during the Allocation and Implementation of EU Resources (Stockholm University, Department of Political Science) (32 p.). Available at:


Policy briefs

Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T., Bremberg, N. and Mobjörk, M., “Intergovernmental organizations and climate security challenges: Implications for academic research and policymaking”, SIPRI Fact Sheet December 2017. Available at:


Mobjörk, M., van Baalen, S., Bäckstrand, K., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T. and Sonnsjö, H., “Climate change and violent conflict in East Africa – implications for policy”, policy brief April 2016. Available at:


Gustafsson, M.T., Bäckstrand, K., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Sonnsjö, H., van Baalen, S. and Mobjörk, M., “How to integrate climate and conflict risks in development cooperation – experiences and lessons learnt”, policy brief April 2016. Available at: http://lisadellmuth. se/publications.html


Mobjörk, M., Bäckstrand, K., Gustafsson, M.T., Sonnsjö, H., Dellmuth, L.M. and Bremberg, N., “The role of multilateral organisations in addressing climate change and its security risks”, policy brief November 2015. Available at:


Online blogs

Dellmuth, L.M. and Chalmers, A.W. “How the EU can increase public support for the EU through spending”,, April 2017. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J. “How NGOs succeed in changing global policy”,, April 2017. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. “Assessing knowledge inequality in global governance”, LegGov (Legitimacy in Global Governance), December 2016. Available at: blog/assessing-knowledge-inequality-in-global-governance-1.308551


Chalmers, A.W. and Dellmuth, L.M. “The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how ‘European’ citizens feel”, London School of Economics and Political Science Blog for European Politics and Policy, August 2015. Available at:


Chalmers, A.W. and Dellmuth, L.M., “Why Europe’s new cohesion policy is unlikely to enhance the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment Funds”, Critcom pages of the Council of European Studies (CES), December 2014. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M., Schraff, D. and Stoffel, M.F., “EU funding policies may be undermined by regional authorities using structural funds allocations to win votes at the local level”, London School of Economics and Political Science Blog for European Politics and Policy, January 2014. Available at:



Most recent conference papers (selection)

The sources of popular legitimacy in global governance, paper presented at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), San Francisco, August 31 – September 3, 2017, with Jan Aart Scholte and Jonas Tallberg (presented by Jan Aart Scholte and Jonas Tallberg).


Institutional sources of popular legitimacy in global governance, paper presented at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Baltimore, Maryland, February 22–25, 2017, with Jan Aart Scholte and Jonas Tallberg (presented by Jan Aart Scholte).


Why national and international legitimacy are linked: Effects of social trust, paper presented at the 10th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Prague, September 7–10, 2016, with Jonas Tallberg.


Advocacy strategies in global governance: Inside vs. outside lobbying, paper presented at the 112th APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 1–4, 2016, with Jonas Tallberg (presented by Jonas Tallberg).


What drives the association between domestic and international legitimacy?, paper presented at the 44th ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Pisa, April 24–28, 2016, 2015, with Jonas Tallberg.


All spending is not equal: A comparative analysis of the effects of European spending on the popular legitimacy of the European Union across issue areas, Joint European research workshop co-organized by the Global and Regional Governance research group at Stockholm University and Södertörn University, Stockholm, December 9, with Adam W. Chalmers.


Elite communication and public confidence in international organizations, paper presented at the 43th ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Warsaw, March 29 – April 2, 2015, with Jonas Tallberg (presented by Jonas Tallberg).


The knowledge gap in world politics: Assessing the sources of citizen awareness of the United Nations Security Council, paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science (SNES), Stockholm, March 19-20, 2015. 





Sustainable development in a changing geo-political era: Challenges and opportunities for Sweden (2017-2020)

While there is widespread agreement on the potentially disastrous consequences of ongoing processes of environmental change, we know little about the governance responses by states and international environmental institutions (IEIs) to address policy challenges related to geopolitical and environmental dynamics. Governance responses refer to institutions, organizations, and policies put in place for the purpose of addressing a given societal problem. We need to better understand governance responses to climate security dynamics, which may have far-reaching implications for the prospects of global governance toward sustainable development.

My research within the research program Mistra GEOPOLITICS, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) (principal investigator: Björn-Ola Linnér at the University of Linköping), addresses this research problem. It examines how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security, and global environmental change interrelate. The program brings together six Swedish core partners: the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the universities of Linköping, Lund, Stockholm, and Uppsala. Involved researchers at Stockholm University are Karin Bäckstrand, Maria-Therese Gustafsson, and Andreas Duit.

I lead the work package on 'Governance responses to climate related security risks' at Stockholm University, which seeks to understand states and IEIs’ governance responses to climate security challenges, and the roles of transnational actors, such as civil society organizations and multinational corporations, in shaping the effectiveness of IEIs’ governance responses. 


Legitimacy in global governance (2016-2022)

I am co-investigator for the research program Legitimacy in global governance funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds - check out the project homepage at (principal investigator: Jonas Tallberg). The program focuses on how global governance institutions gain, maintain, and lose legitimacy in the eyes of citizens, advocacy groups or national governments, and with what consequences for institutional effectiveness. I coordinate the sub-group on the sources of citizens' beliefs about the legitimacy of global governance institutions. Sources may be internal, such as values, moral beliefs, or political awareness, or external, such as perceived institutional quality of international organizations.


Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations (2016-2019)

Extensive research suggests that legitimacy makes it easier for international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the African Union, to gain support for ambitious policy goals, secure ratification of negotiated agreements, and achieve domestic compliance with international rules. Yet, despite the importance of legitimacy for international cooperation, we know little about the process through which individual citizens and elites come to perceive of international organizations as legitimate or not. 

This project, for which I am principal investigator, is funded by the Swedish Research Council and focuses on how, when and why political and societal elites, such as governments and civil society organizations, can change citizens' beliefs in the legitimacy of international organizations  (see also Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations).


The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy (2015-2019)

This Horizon 2020-funded project focuses on EU member states’ fiscal policy positions during and in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 2007–2008. Many models of a fiscal union have been proposed and discussed. What is missing are not ideas and economic analysis, but the political consensus among member states’ governments for a specific integration path. To understand why EU member states collectively responded to the recent global financial crisis through fiscal policy reforms the way they did, we study the positions of member states’ governments on different models of a fiscal union in the project The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy. I am a co-investigator for this project (principal investigator: Jonas Tallberg), which is part of a Europe-wide consortium coordinated by Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann at the University of Salzburg.


Unequal Europe: Redistribution, reelection, and inequality in the European Union (2015-2017)

Inequality in the EU has soared since the end of the cold war. For most EU citizens, inequality is a palpable problem as it may pose significant barriers to people’s opportunities and well-being. And, those who enjoy higher incomes are also those with better health, better education, and greater capacity to participate in politics and make their needs and values known to government officials. This project is funded by the Regional Studies Association and examines the linkages between grant programs, electoral politics, and economic inequality in the EU. It develops a rational-choice institutionalist explanation for the linkages between government benefits, electoral politics, and economic inequality in multilevel polities. Using original data at the subnational (i.e. regional) level, it shows under which conditions government funds redistributed through the EU budget combat economic inequality in Europe’s regions.


Transnational governance of the university field (2016-2020)

I am co-investigator for the research program Transnational governance of the university field (UniGov) funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds in collaboration with Formas, Forte, and the Swedish Research Council (PI: Filip Wijkström at the Stockholm School of Economics). The program seeks to better understand the roles of intermediary organizations such as peak research associations and international governmental organizations in global governance of the university and higher education field.


Other affiliations with research networks on public opinion and international relations

I am a research associate with the Consortium of Trust Research (CONTRE), funded by the Academy of Finland and located at the University of Tampere and Åbo Akademi, the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, and with the Nereus program, a research collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of British Columbia, among others.

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