Programme for the Workshops at the 3rd International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice


Thursday 12 January 10:15-12:00. Aud. 1 Georg Sverdrup's Building

Chair: Tore Slaatta (University of Oslo)

Confronting the Unexpected: Democratic Ideas and Practices in Times of Crisis
John Durham Peters, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa
Barbara Pfetsch, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
Helge Rønning, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo



Friday 13 January 12:15-13:30. Aud. 2 Georg Sverdrup's Building

Chair: Bjørn Erik Rasch (University of Oslo)

The Arab Uprisings: Why, How and to What Effect?
Ellen Lust, Department of Political Science, Yale University
Comments by:
Bjørn Olav Utvik, Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Oslo
Cecilie Hellestveit, International Law and Policy Institute, Oslo



Lunch Thursday January 12: 13.00-14.00 (registration only),  served in the student cantine, Georg Sverdrups Building

Conference Dinner (registration only) at Ekebergrestauranten Thursday January 12: 19.00-22.00 (Bus back to Oslo Center before 22.30)

Lunch Friday  January 13: 13.30-14.15 (registration only) served in the student cantine, Georg Sverdrups Building


Workshop 1: Political Parties and Media in Contemporary Democracies

Directors: Eli Skogerbø and Rune Karlsen

Undervisningsrom 1, 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building


Thursday January 12                           

12.15  B. Enjolras, K. Steen-Johnsen and D. Wollebæk: How do social media change the conditions for civic and political mobilization? . Discussant: Anders Jupskås.

14.15  Ann Iren Jamtøy Emotion and cognition in political discussion Discussant: Ingrid Rogstad.

15.20  Anders Jupskås: A Strained Relationship: Media Reactions to the Radical Right in Scandinavia.  Discussant: Ann Iren Jamtøy.

16.25  Michael Merrigan: Which duties and responsibilities do political parties and the various media share in a democratic society? Discussant: Bernard Enjolras.


Friday January 13

9.15     Elin H. Allern: Political Control or Bureaucratic Autonomy? A Comparison of Public Appointments in Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

            Discussant: Michael  Merrigan.           

10.15   Ingrid Rogstad: Micro-blogging and the mainstream media agenda. Discussant: Eli Skogerbø.

11.15   Eli Skogerbø and Rune Karlsen: Candidates Media Strategy. Discussant: Elin H. Allern.


Workshop 2: Regionalisation and Federalisation: Democratic Implications.

Directors: Øivind Bratberg and  Alan Trench  (

Grupperom  7, 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building


Thursday January 12

10.15 – 12.00: Plenary session


12.15: Workshop introductory meeting (chair: Alan Trench)


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


1415 – 1800: Workshop session 1 (chair: Øivind Bratberg)

Jörg Broschek: Authority migration in multi-level systems (discussant: Alan Trench)

Jarle Weigård / Hilde Bjørnå: From public to private accountability in Norwegian local government (discussant: Richard Wyn Jones)

Henrik Halkier: Exploring regionalisation and functional legitimacy: partnership-based regional policy governance in the Danish regions (discussant: Hilde Bjørnå)

Vedran Dulabic: Democratic potential and dynamics of regionalism on the former Yugoslav territory (discussant: Henrik Halkier)


Friday January 13

09.15-1200: Workshop session 2 (chair: Alan Trench)

Alan Trench: Party politics and constitutional negotiations: the UK in comparative perspective (discussant: Jörg Broschek)

André Kaiser: Combining federalism and decentralization. Comparative case studies on regional and transport policies in Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Ireland (discussant: Matthias Vileyn)

Matthias Vileyn: Hovering between channels of legitimation in federal polities. The case of representation in Belgium and the EU (discussant: André Kaiser)


1215 – 1330: Plenary paper presentation

1330 – 1415: Lunch


14.15 – 1700: Workshop session 3

Arthur Aughey: Identity, instrumentality and detachment in the UK (discussant: Øivind Bratberg)

Richard Wyn Jones: Changing public attitudes to multi-level democracy (discussant: Arthur Aughey)


Future plans.


Workshop  3: Political Communication, Democracy and International Crises

Directors: Tore Slaatta and Hans Jörg Trenz

Undervisningsrom 2, 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building

International crises and conflicts connected to natural disasters, political conflicts and wars are more frequently occurring, potentially shifting the balance between on the one hand routine institutions and formal political processes in established political systems (nation states, EU, UN), and incremental, crisis organizations, coalitions and improvized international crisis management on the other. How does this disrupt established routines of political communication and create new forms? Can multi-dimensional factors that determine system change and transnational or international conflict dynamics be observed and analysed? Are particular problems concerning governability, legitimacy and democratic accountability arising? Do we new methodologies and research tools from a comparative perspective?


Thursday January 12

12.15     Introduction, participants presentation

12.25    Asimina Michailidou: Online media, crisis communication and political innovation: The case of the Indignant Greeks.

13.00    Lunch

14.15   Stig Hjarvard and Nete Nørgaard Kristensen: When media argue for war.

15.00   Rune Ottosen and Tore Slaatta: The media at war. Norwegian news media and the military engagements in Libya.

15.45    Short break.

16.00     Helene Sjursen: Norway in the EUs security and defence policy: democratic dilemmas.

16.45     Hans Jörg Trenz: The Politicization of the European Union: From Constitutional Dreams to Euro-Zone crisis Nightmare


17.30     Concluding discussion, day one.


Friday January 13

10.00     Third workshop session.

10.15     Paper presentation 6.

11.00     Workshop discussion: Future research initiatives and cooperation.


Workshop 4: The Rise of Democracy Through Constitutional Reform

Directors: Hilde Sandvik

Aud 1 Thursday and Undervisningsrom 3 Friday ( or Grupperom  2), 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building


Thursday January 12

12.15     Welcome and presentation.

State and regions.

12.30    Jakob Maliks: The Constitution of 1814: The ascendancy of the nation and the subjugation of the absolutist semi-autonomous Norwegian region.

13.00      Lunch.

14.15   Kai Østberg: The building blocks of political self confidence: Social assertiveness and local identity in peasant MP’s from Telemark in the years after 1814

14.45-15.15  Discussion.

Freedom of speech.

15.30   Odd Arvid Storsveen: Norway’s 1848.

16.00   Mona Ringvej: Constitution against democratic development? - Marcus Thrane and the Supreme Court

16.30   Hilde Sandvik: Continuity and change in criminal law? Protests and riots in the new criminal code of 1842.

17.00-18.00  Discussion.


Friday January 13

10.00 Halvard Leira, NUPI Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, Foreign policy and the limits of democracy

10.30 Comments and discussion

11-12 Concluding discussion


Workshop 5: Poverty and Democracy.

Director: Dan Banik

Grupperom 4, 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building


Thursday January 12

12.15-13.00 Dan Banik: Introduction

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.15 – 18.00 Session I

Sanjay Reddy: Poverty and Democracy: What Are the Links?

Yuri Kasahara: A democratic path for poverty eradication? A political analysis of Bolsa Familia in Brazil

Samuel Hickey: The politics of poverty reduction under 'multi-partyism' in Uganda

Bård Anders Andreassen: The Legal Aid Project of the Uganda Law Society – a Victim of its own Success? A Case Study of the Impact of Legal Aid on Poverty Reduction

Svein-Erik Helle and Lise Rakner: Autocracy and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explaining variance and consequences 


Friday January 13

09.00 – 12.00 Session II

Olivier Rubin: Local democratic dynamics in micro-disasters: multiple starvation deaths in a West Bengali village

Alf Gunvald Nilsen: Poverty, Subordination and Resistance in the Adivasi Heartland

Arild Engelsen Ruud: 'Democracy means Development': Village Views From Bangladesh

Kenneth Bo Nielsen: Democracy, Development and Community among Muslims in West Bengal

Gyda Marås Sindre: Poverty and Democracy in Indonesia: Does the National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM) enhance democracy in Indonesia?

Dan Banik: Way forward


Administrative support for this workshop: Ulrikke Wethal, SUM:


Workshop 6: Organization in Democracy and Democratization of Organizations

Directors: Fredrik Engelstad, Eivind Falkum and Kari Steen-Johnsen

Grupperom 1, 3rd floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building



Thursday January 12, 14:00 – 17:15

Chair: Eivind Falkum

14:00 – 14:30 Kari Steen–Johnsen  and Bernard  Enjolras:  Sport Organizations as policy implementers in Norway.  Comment: Ragnhild Holmen Waldahl

14:30 - 15:00 Ragnhild  Holmen Waldahl  Democratic aspects.  Comment: Kari Steen-Johnsen/Bernard Enjolras


15:00 – 15.30 Vibeke Heidenreich, Gender Quotas in Boards – a Failure or a Success? Women Board Members' Own Accounts  Comment: Inger Marie Hagen

15:30 – 15:45 Pause


Chair: Fredrik Engelstad


15:45 – 16:15 Inger Marie Hagen, Boards in large limited companies – next in the quota line? Comment: Vibeke Heidenreich

16:15 – 16:45 Haldor Byrkjeflot,   Democracy and accountability after recent healthcare reforms –the case of Norway Comment: Vibeke Wøien Hansen

16:45 – 17:15 Vibeke Wøien Hansen The determinants of decision making speed in the EU. Comment: Haldor Byrkjeflot


Friday January 13 , 9:15 – 12:00


Chair: Kari Steen-Johnsen


09.15 – 09:45 Sergiu Gherghina &  Mihail Chiru,  Keeping the Doors Closed? Leadership Selection in Post-Communist Romania Comment: Pål Klethagen


09:45 – 10:15 Pål Klethagen, Concerted democratic organizational development in a land of princes, is it possible? Comment: Sergiu Gherghina / Mihail Chiru


10:15 -  10:45 Fredrik Engelstad Elite compromises in stable democracies  Comment: Eivind Falkum


10:45 – 11:15 Eivind Falkum, Institutions in change. Rigidity and flexibility of industrial relations Comment: Fredrik Engelstad


Workshop 7: Conceptualization and Measurement of Democracy

Directors: Håvard Hegre and Carl Henrik Knutsen

Aud 2, 1th floor. Georg Sverdrup’s Building


Thursday January 12

Panel I: Measuring Democracy: New datasets and approaches

Chair: Carl Henrik Knutsen

12.15   Welcome by Håvard Hegre

12.20   Patrick M. Regan: Presenting the IAEP dataset.

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Michael Coppedge and Jan Teorell: Presenting the data collection project “Measuring Democracy: A Multidimensional, Tiered, and Historical Approach”.

15.00  Scott Gates: Presenting the Power Sharing data set.

15.30-16.00  Svend-Erik Skaaning and Jørgen Møller: Asymmetrical Constraints on Democratic Regime Types.

Coffee break


Panel II: The causes of democracy

Chair: Elisabeth Teige.

16.30  José Antonio Cheibub: Economic Development and Democratization.

17.00  Håvard Hegre: Democratic Waves? War, New States, and Global Patterns of Democratization, 1800–2000.

17.30  Carl Henrik Knutsen: The Determinants of Democracy: A Sensitivity Analysis.


Friday January 13

Panel III: Democracy, conflict, and the economy

Chair: Elisabeth Teige

9.15  Bjørn Høyland and Håvard Mokleiv Nygård: Missing Uncertainity and Uncertain Missingness in the Study of Civil War Onset.

9.45  Scott Gates: Partisan versus Military Leadership and Peace Building: Adverse Selection and Civil Conflict.

Coffee break

10.15 Hanne Fjelde: Economic Inequality and Inter-group Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990-2008.

10.45 Carl Henrik Knutsen: Democracy, Technological Change and Economic Growth.




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