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
10 Sep 2019
States need revenue to function and an efficient tax system plays an important role. Can Norwegian development assistance contribute to this?
28 Aug 2019
One of the main observations from the research is that nobody really knows what a BRI project is and what it is not.
Publications about governance
: Academic article
- Publication : Popular scientific article
2019Do state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state capitalism create unfair competition in international markets? Empirical evidence surveyed in this brief suggests that from the turn of the century, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) indeed started competing increasingly with private firms, trading across borders...
Research projects about governance
Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments (PREVEX)2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
The overarching objective of PREVEX is to put forward more fine-tuned and effective approaches to preventing violent extremism.
Foto: NTB Scanpix
STRONGER POSITION: China is changing, strengthening and expanding its engagements. The image shows a meeting between World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping in July 2018.2018 (Completed)
How and why is China strengthening its position in the major development banks?
2019 - 2020 (Ongoing)
COMFEAR aims to identify key issues of common concern and shared threats as perceived by publics and policymakers in Czechia and Norway.