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The 2017 Sámi Parliament Election Study

Researchers: Jo Saglie, Johannes Bergh, Torunn Pettersen, Eli Skogerbø, Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, Per Selle, Kristin Strømsnes
Schedule: December 2016-december 2020
Funding source: Sametinget
Project No: 10187

Main Part

A main part of the project is a representative voter survey with a sample drawn from the electoral roll of the Norwegian Sámi Parliament, carried out at the Sámi parliamentary elections in 2017. This is a follow-up of previous surveys from 2009 and 2013.

Key topics include:

1. Voter turnout and enrolment in the electoral roll

2. Voting and political cleavages

3. The political agenda – issues that are important for voting

4. Political trust

Work Package A

The project includes two in-depth studies. Work Package A studies how institutionalized and semi-institutionalized Sámi arenas are used to reach Sámi voters, and the use and importance of social media.

Work Package B

Work Package B studies the relationship between Sámi parties and electoral lists on the one hand, and other parts of Sámi civil society on the other. To what extent does a Sámi civil society exist, and how close is the relationship between Sámi civil society groups and electoral lists?