Lisa Dellmuth

Lisa Dellmuth

Associate Professor

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Works at Department of Economic History and International Relations
Telephone 08-16 10 76
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Room A 904
Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Welcome. I am Associate Professor and Director of PhD Studies in International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University. My research focuses on the political economy of international organizations, with specific emphasis on aid, legitimacy, and environmental politics and governance.
I have written several articles and a book about EU spending. My most recent book, which examines EU spending effects on well-being, is entitled Is Europe Good for You? EU Spending and Well-Being (Policy Press, 2021). I have also worked with institutions such as UN Environment and the World Health Organization on issues related to climate change adaptation. On this topic, I lead the 5-year research program Glocalizing Climate Governance GlocalClim.
I am currently associate editor of Political Studies and Interest Groups & Advocacy.
For access to my data, publications and more information, please visit my homepage.



Publication list

Dellmuth LM, Is Europe Good for You? EU Spending and Well-Being (Policy Press, Bristol, 2021).


Peer-reviewed articles


Dellmuth, L.M., Scholte, J.A., Tallberg, J., Verhaegen, S., “The Elite–Citizen Gap in International Organization Legitimacy”, American Political Science Review, 1-18. doi:10.1017/S000305542100082.

Kural, E., Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., International Organizations and Climate Change Adaptation: A New Dataset for the Social Scientific Study of Adaptation, 1990-2017", PLOS ONE,  16(9): e0257101.

Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., “Global Adaptation Governance: How Intergovernmental Organizations Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation”, Climate Policy, 21:7 (2021), pp. 868-833.

Dellmuth L.M., Bender F.A.-M., Jönsson A.R., Rosvold E.L., von Uexkull N., “Humanitarian need drives multilateral disaster aid ”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 118 (2021), e2018293118.

Dellmuth, L.M., Petersson, M.T., Dunn, D., Boustany, A., Halpin, P., “Empowering NGOs? Long-term effects of ecological and institutional change on regional fisheries management organizations”, Global Environmental Change, 65 (2020), 102197.

Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., Kural, E., “Global adaptation governance: Explaining the governance responses of international organizations to new issue linkages”, Environmental Science & Policy, 114 (2020), pp. 204-214.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Elite Communication and the Popular Legitimacy of International Organizations”, British Journal of Political Science, online first 17 February 2020. DOI:

Dellmuth, L.M. and Schlipphak, B., “Legitimacy beliefs towards global governance institutions: A research agenda”, Journal of European Public Policy, 27:6 (2020), pp. 931-943.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Why national and international legitimacy beliefs are linked: Social trust as an antecedent factor”, Review of International Organizations, 15 (2020), pp. 311–337.

Dellmuth, L.M., Scholte, J. A. and Tallberg, J., “Institutional sources of legitimacy for international organisations: Beyond procedure versus performance”, Review of International Studies, 45:4 (2019), pp. 627-646.

Dellmuth, L.M., Bloodgood, E.A., “Advocacy group effects in global governance: Populations, strategies, and political opportunity structures ”, Interest Groups & Advocacy, 8 (2019), pp. 255–269.

Petersson, M., Dellmuth, L.M., Merrie, A. N. and Österblom, H., “Patterns and trends in non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations”, Marine Policy, 104 (2019), pp. 146-156.

Târlea, S., Bailer, S., Degner, H., Dellmuth, L.M., Leuffen, D., Lundgren, M., Tallberg, J. & Wasserfallen, F. “Explaining governmental preferences on Economic and Monetary Union Reform”, European Union Politics, online first 8 January 2019. DOI:

Lundgren, M., Bailer, S., Dellmuth, L.M., Tallberg, J. & Târlea, S. “Bargaining success in the reform of the Eurozone”, European Union Politics, online first 27 November 2018. DOI:

Dellmuth, L.M. and Chalmers, A.W., “All spending is not equal: European Union public spending, policy feedback, and citizens’ support for the EU”, European Journal of Political Research, 57:1 (2018), pp. 3-23.

Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., Bremberg, N. and Mobjörk, M.,“Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 9:1 (2018), doi:10.1002/wcc.496.

Tallberg, J., Dellmuth, L.M., Agné, H. and Duit, A., “NGO influence in international organizations: Information, access, and exchange”, British Journal of Political Science , 48:1 (2018), pp. 213-238.

Dellmuth, L.M., Schraff, D. and Stoffel, M.F., “Distributive politics, electoral institutions, and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from Italy and France”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 55:2 (2016), pp. 275-293.

Dellmuth, L.M., Tallberg, J., “Advocacy strategies in global governance: Inside vs. outside lobbying”, Political Studies, 65:3 (2017), pp. 705-723.

Dellmuth, L.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.

Agné, H., Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “Does stakeholder involvement foster democratic legitimacy in international organizations? An empirical assessment of a normative theory”, Review of International Organizations, 10:4 (2015), pp. 465–488.

Sahlin, K., Wijkström, F., Dellmuth, L.M., Einarsson, T. and Oberg, A., “The 'Milky Way' of intermediary organizations. A transnational field of university governance”, Policy and Politics, 43:3 (2015), pp. 407–424. Reprinted in: Ansell, C. and Torfing, J. (eds) How Does Collaborative Governance Scale? (Bristol: Policy Press, 2018).

Chalmers, A.W. and Dellmuth, L.M., “Fiscal redistribution and public support for European integration”, European Union Politics, 16:3 (2015), pp. 386–407.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Tallberg, J., “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. 451–475.

Dellmuth, L.M. and Stoffel, M.F., “Distributive politics and intergovernmental transfers: The local allocation of European Union Structural Funds”, European Union Politics, 13:3 (2012), pp. 413–433. Sage Award for the best article published in European Union Politics in 2012 (vol. 13).

Dellmuth, L.M., “The cash divide: The allocation of European Union regional grants”, Journal of European Public Policy, 18:7 (2011), pp. 1016–1033. Best Paper Award for young scholars presented at the Swedish Political Science Association in 2010.


Book chapters

Dellmuth, L.M., “ Interest Groups and the United Nations”, in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs, ed. by Harris P., Bitonti A., Fleisher C., Skorkjær Binderkrantz A. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Dellmuth, L.M., “Legitimacy as a resource for effective international marine management”, in Predicting Future Oceans: Sustainability of Ocean and Human Systems Amidst Global Environmental Change, ed. by Ota, Y., Cheung, W.W.L., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. (Elsevier, 2019).

Dellmuth, L.M., " Individual sources of legitimacy: Theory and data”, in: Tallberg, J., Bäckstrand, K. & Scholte, J.A. (eds.), Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).


Policy papers

Zhou J, Dellmuth LM, Adams KM, Neset T-S, von Uexkull N., “The geopolitics of food security: Barriers to the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger", SIPRI Insights on Peace & Security, 11 (2020).

Dellmuth LM, Lundgren M and Tallberg J, “State Interests and Bargaining Power in the Reform of the Eurozone" (Stockholm: Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, Sieps: 2020:4) (96 p.).

Mobjörk M, Gustafsson MT, Sonnsjö H, van Baalen S, Dellmuth LM and Bremberg N, “Climate-Related Security Risks. Towards an Integrated Approach" (Stockholm: SIPRI, 2016) (76 p.).

Cheung, W et al. (2015) “Predicting future oceans. Climate change, oceans and fisheries”, scientific report for the Nereus Program, a global interdisciplinary initiative between the Nippon Foundation, the University of British Columbia, the University of Cambridge, Duke University, Princeton University, Stockholm University, the United Nations Environmental Program-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and Utrecht University.

Dellmuth, Lisa M. (2011) " European structural, agricultural and environmental spending in Germany: Challenges and problems during the allocation and implementation of EU resources”, policy paper, Stockholm University, Department of Political Science (35 p.).



Dellmuth, L.M., Petersson, M.T., Dunn, D., Boustany, A., Halpin, P., “Dataset on non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations”, Data in Brief, 34 (2021), 106682.

Dellmuth, Lisa; Tallberg, Jonas, 2019, “Replication Data for: Elite Communication and the Popular Legitimacy of International Organizations”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1.

Tallberg, Jonas; Dellmuth, Lisa; Agné, Hans; Duit, Andreas, 2015, “Replication Data for "NGO Influence in International Organizations: Information, Access, and Exchange”,, Harvard Dataverse, V1.

Last updated: September 11, 2021

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