Governance is about which political institutions a society have, the processes these are involved in, and their governing behavior.
A country is deemed to be ‘democratic’ if the political leadership is chosen by means of free elections – but to qualify as a true democracy, there must also be a well-functioning legal system and respect for human rights.Contrary to democracies we have dictatorial or authoritarian countries. The less authority citizens in a society wield, the more authoritarian the country is deemed.
At NUPI, research on governance examine various forms of government to understand better the ways in which countries may be authoritarian or democratic, as well as the consequences of different types of governance for the economy and living conditions.
Questions in focus include:
- Why do democratic states less often go to war with each other?
- What can influence the economy to shift from an authoritarian to a democratic form of governance?
- Why is famine less common in democracies?
News about governance
21 Dec 2016
New report evaluates Norway’s effort to curtail tax evasion: acceptable work in some areas, but completely fails in the field of tax treaties. – Norwegian tax treaties are directly harmful to developing countries, according to the report from Eurodad.
Publications about governance
: NUPI Policy Brief
2016Despite the difficulty in making predictions about an incoming American administration even before the inaugural process has been completed, the first two months since the US elections in November 2016 have already generated a great deal of debate and concern, about uncharted new directions in US foreign...
- Publication : KRONIKK
Research projects about governance
2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
The ISPO Workshop Series will develop new and innovative analytical tools and vocabularies to help understand current developments in global politics.
Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations? (CANARCT)2016 - 2019 (Ongoing)
This project will addresse Russia's Arctic policy provisions compared with other states. Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations?
2016 - 2019 (Ongoing)
We know little about the role of science and business actors in contemporary Arctic governance. This project seeks to address this gap