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Mastergrad i Politikk og forvaltning

At the Department of Government we conduct research on and engage in teaching within many of the classical problems in political science and political theory, such as the relationship between state and society, politics and administration; organization and individual; professionalization; the division of responsibility between the public and private sectors; democratization; the nature of politics; conditions for governance and leadership.   

Our study programmes are suitable for those who have an interest in understanding the construction of society, and who like discussing issues such as societal security, knowledge, climate, child protection, welfare policies, and large political-administrative reforms. Read about international students' experiences from our Master's programme here



Post Gov-Day
A group photo of the GOV-Day Committee.

First ever GOV-Day hugely successful

On 3 May, the Department of Government hosted the first GOV-Day in the University Aula. With approximately 120 registered attendees, both staff members and students participated in a panel debate, speed-dating with research groups, and master-student presentations. Both students and staff concluded...

New publication
Portrait of Lise Rakner

Policymakers’ Abortion Preferences: Understanding the Intersection of Gender and Wealth (2024)

Lise Rakner et al. (2024) have published an article in Comparative Political Studies on how public health framing affects politicians' views, focusing on gender and wealth.

Honorary Lecture
The March / Olsen Honorary Lecture

March/Olsen Honorary Lecture 2024: Professor Kerstin Sahlin

The Department of Government has the pleasure to present the annual March / Olsen Honorary Lecture, featuring Professor Kerstin Sahlin as our distinguished speaker with a lecture on "The Institutional Ambiguity of Universities".

Name change

The department has recently changed its name, and we are currently working on updating our website. You may come across pages that show the department’s old name. Learn more about the recent name change here.

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  • The word alumni is Latin, and means "former student at a school".
  • UiB Alumni is a venue for alumnis, professionals and students associated with the University of Bergen (UiB). The webpage provides information and news from the Department and the University.

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