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
5 Mar 2021
Corona crisis, legitimization crisis and climate crisis. These are merely a few of the obstacles currently facing the EU. How is it coping? And where will the EU find itself in 2025? EU crisis management is in focus in a new book by Prof. Marianne Riddervold (NUPI and HINN)...
8 Jan 2021
NUPI’s Centre for Ocean Governance is ready to step up to challenge.
7 Dec 2020
NUPI has produced ten hours of high quality radio about foreign policy and international relations. The programs will air on NRK P2 during week 50, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 11.00. Tune in!
Publications about governance
2021US and Russian warships docked in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast. Washington is seeking to establish ties with Sudan's after it agreed to normalize ties. Dr Andrew E. Yaw Tchie of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs joins Rick Sanchez to share his expertise (from 8:34).
2021This op-ed, published in The Conversation, argues that Sudan’s political transition is in a precarious phase. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s government is facing a wide variety of challenges, including protests over the price of goods and commodities, and a resurgence of violence in the country’s Darfur...
Research projects about governance
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2020 - 2021 (Ongoing)
This project will explore possibilities to enhance Estonian-Norwegian bilateral cooperation in promoting multilateral cooperation and a rules-based global order in the framework of the United Nations Security...
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2015 - 2020 (Ongoing)
The project intends to contribute to the responsible innovation literature by carrying out a set of conceptual and empirical studies on the socio-economic effects of ICTs, considering positive impacts...
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Critical infrastructure protection and communication thereof: the case of the Baltic states and Norway (CIICPP)2020 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The project aims to ordinarily explain importance of critical infrastructure to societies of Baltic states and Norway.