Department of Comparative Politics

Protests against the Norwegian parliament: who, what, how?

Professors Kristin Strømsnes and Per Selle discuss 50 years of protests against the Norwegian parliament in a chapter in a new book on the parliament's recent history.

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What characterizes protests against the parliament?

The book, «Stortingets historie 1964-2014», is part of a new research project on the Norwegian parliament and the parliamentary system from 1964 to 2014, organized by the parliament, the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen, the Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector reports.

In their chapter, Strømsnes and Selle provide an overview of protests directed against the parliament, either against policies developed there or as the central institution of the political system. They consider the variety of protests from 1964 to 2014, who were behind them, and the means used.


Many issues, creative means and better organization

Strømsnes and Selle find that the activists have focused on a broad variety of policy areas, including environmentalism, women’s rights, nuclear weapons and immigration. The activists have become increasingly creative in the ways in which they protest, and whereas they represented more informal networks in the past, they now mobilize through national or international organizations. Protests against the parliament have thus been important for civil society response to events and developments and for drawing attention to important issues.


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