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Education and employment
Kurrild-Klitgaard is Ph.D. (Pol.Sci.), M.Sc. (Cand.phil., Soc.Sci.) and B.A. (Copenhagen), and M.A. (Pol.Sci.) (Columbia University). His current position is as Professor of Political Theory and Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, where he has held various positions since 1991, and where he specializes in political institutions, political economy and American politics, especially issues such as elections, voting systems and constitutions. Before his current appointment, he was professor (2005–06) and associate professor (2000–05) at the Dept. of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark and assistant professor at the Dept. of Political Science, University of Aarhus (1998–2000). He has held visiting appointments at several institutions, including Saint Edmund's College at University of Cambridge, Nuffield College at Oxford University, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, the Dept. of Economics, New York University, and the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University.
He has served as a member and vice president of the Danish government’s National Social Science Research Council and been the representative of Danish social science in the European Science Foundation. Kurrild-Klitgaard is the recipient of the Fyens Stiftstidende's Research Award (2003), and as a graduate student at Columbia University he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Claude R. Lambe Fellow. He was chosen as the University of Copenhagen's "Teacher of the Year" (2007).
He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Academia Europaea (the European academy of sciences), the Philadelphia Society and the Mont Pelerin Society, and has served as vice president of the latter.
Kurrild-Klitgaard's research is primarily focused on comparative politics and political economy and to a smaller extent also political theory. Specific areas of research include constitutional systems, voting methods and electoral systems, public spending and classical liberalism, especially as related to economic growth. In these areas, he has been much influenced by the late economist Gordon Tullock.
Kurrild-Klitgaard has published close to a hundred articles in anthologies and academic journals such as, e.g., Public Choice, Scandinavian Political Studies, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, etc. He is also the author of several books, most recently Individ, Stat og Marked: Studier i Rationalitet og Politik (2005), Bushs Amerika (2005) og Adam Smith: Økonom, Filosof, Samfundstænker (2004), and he has edited and co-authored such books as Partier og Partisystemer i Forandring (2008), The Dynamics of Intervention (2005), Valg, Vælgere og Velfærdsstat (2000), Etik, Marked og Stat: Liberalismen fra Locke til Nozick (1992), and Farvel til Socialstaten: En Bog om Privatisering (1988). He has also contributed to many anthologies, including Encyclopedia of Public Choice (2004), Den Store Danske Encyklopædi and the Encyclopedia of Libertarianism.
He has worked with several academic journals, and currently (since 2005) is European Editor of Public Choice and is or has been a member of the Editorial Boards of Scandinavian Political Studies, International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, Journal of Private Enterprise and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.
Kurrild-Klitgaard writes as a columnist and commentator for the daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende (1998–2002 and again since 2004) and has previously done so for Politiken (2003–04) and Dagen (2002). At Berlingske Tidende he is one of the contributors to the widely read daily column Groft Sagt. In annual surveys conducted since 2011 by the daily Politiken he is ranked among the 100 most influential Danish opinion makers.
Kurrild-Klitgaard is frequently used by radio and TV as a commentator on Danish and US politics and is also regularly used as a speaker outside academia. (In 2006 the weekly "Mandag Morgen" ranked him as the fifth most frequently used political scientist in Danish media, cf. "Mandag Morgen," 15 January 2007.))
In 2005 Kurrild-Klitgaard founded the academic group-weblog Punditokraterne, which according to Politiken (October 2006) and Altinget.dk (March 2006) is one of the most widely read and respected Danish blogs.
Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard has held positions in a number of academic organizations, including as president of the Danish Political Science Association (2002–05), member of the Board of the Nordic Political Science Association, of the European Public Choice Society and of the Council of the International Political Science Association, as well as on the advisory board of the public policy think-tank CEPOS of which he was one of the initiators, co-founders and directors (2004–05, 2012–14). He was a board member of the Mont Pelerin Society 2006–10 and its vice president (2008–10) and currently serves as a board member of the Danish government's Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy.
- www.royalhistsoc.org List of Fellows
- Cf., e.g., https://ideas.repec.org/a/bpj/jeehcn/v14y2004i1n1.html, https://ideas.repec.org/a/mhr/jinste/urnsici0932-4569(201409)1703_453egairi_2.0.tx_2-u.html and https://ideas.repec.org/p/pra/mprapa/36063.html
- Kurrild-Klitgaard, Peter (2008). "Levellers". In Hamowy, Ronald. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. pp. 290–92. ISBN 978-1412965804. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024.