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Cultural capital and gender. Elites in Norway and France

Schedule: 2005-2007

How do power, gender and cultural capital influence how leaders are perceived? This is the main question in a research project comparing leaders in politics and state bureaucracy in Norway and France. Point of departure is how national cultural repertoires influence the evaluations of successful and less successful leaders in the two sectors. In addition to the national and organizational dimensions, the study addresses whether success has a gender dimension. Hypotheses regarding differences and similarities between the two countries/sectors/genders are based on egalitarian and hierarchical orientations, the balance between work and family, percentage of female and male leaders, sexual attractiveness, knowledge requirements and internal/external representation. The study is based on case studies, interviews and text analyses. Associated project partners are Michelle Lamont, Jean-Pascal Daloz, Abigail Sague, Fredrik Engelstad and Bente Abrahamsen.

Researchers: Anne Krogstad, Aagoth Elise Storvik

Democracy, religious freedom and women’s human rights

Schedule: 2004-2007

Contact Tordis Borchgrevink for abstract.

Researchers: Hege Skjeie, Anne Hellum, Kari Elisabeth Børresen, Tordis Borchgrevink

Distribution of VAT-compensation to voluntary associations

Schedule: 2007-2007

Contact Karl Henrik Sivesind for abstract.

Researchers: Karl Henrik Sivesind

Power, democracy and ICT

Schedule: 2004-2008

The project explores the effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on power and democracy. We approach this question by analysing the use of ICTs in Norwegian political institutions, including political parties, mass media and public administration. A central research question is how (and whether) the introduction of new technology transforms these institutions, with regard to participation, structures and leadership.
More specifically, the project studies four potential processes of transformation. Firstly, to what extent new technologies change the citizens’ political participation. Secondly, transformation of political communication within and between political parties and the news media, and thereby transformation of the national public sphere. Thirdly, transformation of political participation and communication within party organizations. Fourthly, the development of ‘digital partnerships’ in local and regional public administration, and its consequences for democratic governance.

Researchers: Jo Saglie, Harald Baldersheim, Anne Krogstad, Rune Karlsen, Morten Øgård, Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Signe Bock Segaard

Strategic institute program: Migration and democracy

Schedule: 2002-2007

Contact Hilde Lidén for abstract

Researchers: Grete Brochmann, Marianne Røed, Tordis Borchgrevink, Hilde Lidén

Conceptions of gender and honour in the Nordic countries from early middle ages to present

Schedule: 2003-2004

Contact Tordis Borchgrevink for abstract.

Researchers: Tordis Borchgrevink, Erling Sandmo

A Comparative Study of Gender Attitudes

Schedule: 2003-2007

Johannes Bergh’s Ph.D.-project is a study of attitudes toward gender equality and gender relations in a comparative perspective. It has two overreaching research questions: 1) what explains variation in gender attitudes at the individual level and between countries? 2) What is the effect of gender attitudes on voting? The analyses in this project consist, for the most part, of statistical analyses of survey data. Bergh uses a wide variety of data for that purpose, such as the Norwegian Citizenship Survey of 2000; the American National Election Studies, and General Social Surveys; the World Values Surveys; as well as some of the European surveys known as "Eurobarometers”. Bergh has written two papers, as part of this project. Both are intended for publication: “Gender Attitudes and Modernization Processes”. This paper aims to explain variation in gender attitudes by use of two competing hypotheses drawn from the literature on “modernization”. The first of these explain gender attitudes by structural factors such as education and female labor participation, the other argues that the degree of value-change in postindustrial societies can account for variation in gender attitudes. The structural explanation is better able to explain gender attitudes in all 19 countries in the analysis. A hypothesis that values have a stronger effect in countries with higher levels of development finds no support. “Explaining the Gender Gap”. Most Western democratic societies have seen a gender gap in voting in the last 10-20 years, in the sense that women are overrepresented among voters on the political left, while men are in the majority on the right. A substantial research tradition within political science has tried to explain this phenomenon, but has not succeeded in finding explanations that are valid across countries. By combining several explanations from the literature, Bergh outlines a model that is able to fully explain the gender gap in different countries. He tests the model in three countries: the United States, the Netherlands, and Norway. A large part of the gender gap in the US and Norway is explained by men and women’s differing degree of “feminist consciousness”.

Researchers: Johannes Bergh

Søkelys på arbeidslivet

Schedule: 2001-2016
Employer: Arbeids- og sosialdepartementet, Norges forskningsråd

Søkelys på arbeidslivet (Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies) is an open access scholarly journal.

The journal is owned by the Institute for Social Research and receives a grant from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Søkelys på arbeidslivet is published three times per year (one double and two single issues) and promotes research on working life in Norway and the Nordic countries.

As of 2016, Søkelys på arbeidslivet is published open access. 

Target groups

It is a scientific journal aimed at researchers, planners, executives and decision makers in business, management and labor market partners.


Important topics are working-life related issues, such as employment, wages, working conditions, education, and the relation between work and family life.

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Norway's and Sweden’s years of social democracy in the twentieth Century

Schedule: 1999-2004

Contact Francis Sejersted

Researchers: Francis Sejersted

Idrettens strateger

Schedule: 2001-2004


Researchers: Rune Slagstad