Department of Comparative Politics

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Professor Frank Aarebrot and research assistant Kjetil Evjen recently published a new introductory-level text book on European state and nation-building, based on Aarebrot’s lectures.
Postdoctor Yvette Peters finds in a new publication that more affluent citizens influence public policy more than poorer ones, and that differences in turnout partially explains it. The article is published in West European Politics and is co-authored by Sander J. Ensink.
The project seeks to ascertain how much personal responsibility citizens believe they have for their own income. Professors Stein Kuhnle, Siri Gloppen, and post-doc Cornelius Cappelen represent the Department of Comparative Politics in the project.
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 Michaël Tatham says to Norwegian newspaper Klar Tale that even if certain regions in Europe were to become independent, close relations to the parent state and the EU would be maintained.
World-leading experts on survey-based research methods were among the participants at the 2014 Norwegian Citizen Panel Conference in Bergen, November 6th and 7th. Researchers met to share and discuss experiences with the use of survey-based research methods.
Professor Frank Aarebrot of the Department of Comparative Politics has won the Norwegian Research Council’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Communication of Science. It comprises a cash prize of NOK 250 000.
Professor Jonas Linde of the Department of Comparative Politics and colleagues have received a 9,2 million SEK research grant from The Swedish Research Council to study language effects in surveys.
South-East Asia expert Gyda Marås Sindre finds in a new book chapter that the efforts of the Indonesian government to achieve poverty alleviation while protecting the environment are undermined by cronyism, corruption and problems of governance.
Østensen will teach the 200-level course «The Commercialization of Security in Peace and Conflict» at the Department of Comparative Politics in the spring of 2015.
What are the consequences of the judicialization of controversial and moral political questions? This is the main research question of Vegard Furustøl Vibe’s PhD project.
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.
How has the internationalization of Norwegian law affected the Supreme Court's influence on Norwegian society? This is the researh question Jon Kåre Skiple addresses in his PhD studies.
Professor Per Selle argues in an op-ed in newspaper Nordlys that the Sami parliament has developed into an important actor in Norwegian politics and government. The op-ed is written together with Torvald Falch, senior advisor to the Sami parliament.
Stefan Dahlberg (University of Gothenburg) visits the Department of Comparative Politics as a guest researcher this Fall. His research areas include representative democracy, democratic legitimacy, political parties and voting behavior.
As Frank Aarebrot prepares to give four lectures on US history at Radøy near Bergen, locals are a signing up on a waiting list to hear the popular professor speak.
Post-doc Gyda Marås Sindre examines in a new article attempts to link development aid and humanitarian assistance with peace negotiations in Aceh and Sri Lanka. The main finding is that such a link may have positive effects, but also divert attention away from core conflict issues.