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Visiting scholar Stefan Dahlberg finds in a new article that transitions in issue ownership are fairly common – more common than usually believed – but that the frequency of these transitions largely depends on the precise definition being used. The article is published in Scandinavian Political Studies and is co-authored by Love Christensen and Johan Martinsson.
Jonas Linde and Stefan Dahlberg find in a new article that political representation and government performance matter for satisfaction with democracy. The former is most significant in established democracies, the latter in new democracies. The article is written together with Sören Holmberg.
Associate Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten says to Newspaper Aftenposten that the two parties’ different origins render them not fully comparable.
Why justices dissent in the Norwegian Supreme Court and the potential impact of such dissents on the court’s development is the topic of Henrik Litleré Bentsen’s PhD project.
Associate Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten says to newspaper Klassekampen that EU sceptics of all hues did well in the EU elections, with a few exceptions.
The second round of the Norwegian Citizen Panel recently ended, and a lucky participant has now won a 25 000 kroner travel voucher.
Professor Jonas Linde says to local newspaper Sunnhordaland that politicians often underestimate the importance of having the right contacts. A recent survey done by the newspaper shows that less than half of the elected politicians in the municipality of Stord believes knowing the right people matters for influencing political outcomes there.
Department of Comparative Politics participates in new international research project: How do populists communicate? (03.05.2014)
Associate Professor Elisabeth Ivarsflaten of the Department of Comparative Politics represents the University of Bergen in a new international research project on populist communication. The project is supported by the prestigious COST Action EU program.
Politicians want to give the Norwegian Parliament more influence on the selection of Supreme Court justices (23.04.2014)
Professor Gunnar Grendstad argues in an op-ed in Klassekampen that the government’s and the Supreme Court’s involvement in the selection of justices could be problematic with respect to the separation of powers and democracy. He notes that some therefore have favored involving the Norwegian parliament more in the selection process.
According to Professor Tor Midtbø of the Department of Comparative Politics, journalists have become more interested in the political game and what happens offstage, and this leads to more political scandals. Midtbø was recently interviewed by newspaper Mandag Morgen about a new Nordic research project on political scandals in which he is engaged.
Sondre Båtstrand presents a new approach for categorizing politics in his article «Giving content to new politics», which will be published in Party Politics.