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Elites and society

Elite unity and elite/mass correspondence or widended gaps?

Project period 2014 - 2017
Project employer The Research Council of Norway
Project nr. 10008
Project leader Trygve Gulbrandsen

Project Background

A decade ago the Norwegian Leadership Study 2000, in combination with the Citizenship study from the same year, demonstrated that elites in Norway supported democracy and democratic institutions, exhibited shared trust in central institutions, and rallied behind significant compromises. Available data at the time also testified a strong popular adherence to the welfare state based upon public services.

In light of significant changes that have taken place during the latest decade, i.e. the financial crisis, increased globalization, the EU crisis, climate changes, growing migration, etc. we ask whether elite unity still is prevalent and whether a correspondence between elite and mass attitudes still is present.

Research Questions

We focus upon three sets of questions:

  1. Elite integration; studying to what extent the various sector elites are forming a more or less unified group
  2. Social distance between elites and population, in attitudes and reciprocal perceptions
  3. Elite attitudes toeards gender equality and diversity


  • Conducted survey with 1351 Norwegian Top Leaders in 2015

  • Collected and updated data on Norwegian parliamentarians, from the years 2001-2013, for the European MP database EASE CUBE

Further information:



Fredrik Engelstad Dr. philos. Affiliated Researcher +47 22 85 40 02 +47 900 22 484 Send e-mail
Trygve Gulbrandsen Dr. philos. Research Professor +47 906 56 882 Send e-mail
Arnfinn H. Midtbøen PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 920 82 553 Send e-mail
Mari Teigen Dr. polit. Research professor, Director CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality +47 482 07 137 Send e-mail


  • Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2017). Rise and fall of elites: Professionals as movers?. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association.
  • Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2017). Elite ambiguity towards internationalization? The case of Norway. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.  8, s 35- 50
  • Aagoth Elise Lossius Storvik & Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2016). Included, but still not equal? Gender segregation at quota regulated boards. Corporate Board : Role, Duties & Composition.  12, s 33- 44
  • Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2016). Элиты и профессионалы/Elites and professions. Mirovaya Ekonomika i Mezhdunarodnye Otnosheniya.  60, s 71- 83
  • Aagoth Elise Lossius Storvik & Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2015). Selskapsdamer og selskapsløver. Kjønnssegregering i allmennaksjeselskapenes styrer?, In Hilde Bjørkhaug; Gry Agnete Alsos; Elisabet Ljunggren & Agnes Bolsø (ed.),  Kjønn og næringsliv i Norge.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-02-48230-5.  Kapittel 6.  s 109 - 131

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  • Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2017). Fortsatt elite-støtte til den norske modellen?. Stat og styring.  27, s 38- 41
  • Trygve Jens Gulbrandsen (2015). Elites and professions.

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Tags: Gender Equality, Elections and Democracy
Published Jan. 14, 2014 11:22 AM - Last modified Sep. 20, 2017 10:38 AM