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.
28 Jun 2019
The first research notes from the HYRES project are out, analyzing several very timely questions related to Islamist movements in Mali, Iraq, Libya and Lebanon.
Publications about governance
- Publication : KRONIKK
2019This research note analyses the internal and external factors that led to Al-Jama‘a al-Islamiyya‘s loss of its only parliamentary seat in 2018. Al-Jama‘a al-Islamiyya is the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Through this case, the author assesses the status of Lebanon’s Sunni community and the...
: Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT)
Research projects about governance
2019 - 2021 (Ongoing)
EU IDEA has a threefold aim, notably to break new ground on differentiated integration in terms of conceptual approach, policies and networks.
Foto: NTB Scanpix
Report on significant distortions in the economy of the Russian Federation for the purpose of trade defence investigations (EU-Russia trade)2018 - 2019 (Ongoing)
This project will produce a comprehensive study of Russia's economy, focusing on regulations, laws, subsidies and other aspects that may interfere in competition in the markets.
Photo: NTB Scanpix
2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)
NUPI in collaboration with Simula Research Lab will map global data flows and their impact on national autonomy and sovereignty.