Ruth Carlitz, Ph.D.

Göteborgs universitet

City: Gothenburg

Country: Sweden

About Me:

My research looks at government responsiveness from the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up’ (what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). I focus primarily on East Africa, inspired by my experience living and working in Tanzania.In addition to my academic research, I have worked on evaluations commissioned by organizations including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Twaweza, the International Budget Partnership, the Institute of Development Studies, and the UK’s Department for International Development.

Research Interests

African Politics


Public Policy

Non-Democratic Regimes

Political Participation

Specific Areas of Interest

Water And Sanitation

State-citizen Interactions

Public Service Delivery


Local Governance

Countries of Interest