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Ongoing project

The Norwegian Local Election Studies of 2019 and 2023

Project period 2019 - 2024
Project employer Norges forskningsråd
Project nr. 10341 / NFR: 294597
Project leaders Jo Saglie, Signe Bock Segaard
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Project Approach

This project aims to provide both continuity and innovation to the Norwegian Local Election Studies, which have been carried out since 1995. Throughout this period, this project has been led from the Institute for Social Research, Oslo, in close collaboration with other research institutions. We build on this series of earlier studies. We still use a post-election survey as the main data source in the project.

Project Aim

The main publication from both the 2019 and 2023 studies will be a book in Norwegian that aims to provide high-quality readily accessible research results relevant for policy-makers, students and the general public including the media.

An equally important goal is to renew the field of local election studies in Norway. New methodological approaches are introduced, and research on new topics picks up developments in Norwegian local politics. The Local Government Reform is an important backdrop for the study. Since most municipal amalgamations take place between 2019 and 2023, it is a unique opportunity to examine how they affect political behaviour and political attitudes.

The main renewal of the 2019-2023 project, however, is increased internationalization. No international network of local election studies exists. International cooperation between local election studies in different countries must start from scratch, and we will contribute to building such a network. Our starting point will be the Danish Local Election Studies, where comparable surveys are carried out.

Moreover, the Danish project is currently in the process of establishing an international network of local election studies, in cooperation with Polish and Belgian researchers. Comparing Norway with Denmark will make it possible to exploit the comparative potential of the Norwegian Local Election Studies better than has usually been the case, placing the project at the forefront of comparative local election research.

Data Management Plan

A data management plan has been made for the project. For more information about the plan, contact the project leaders.

See also:


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Johannes Bergh Research Professor PhD +47 943 88 242
Tor Bjørklund Affiliated Researcher Dr. philos. +47 408 99 922
Rune Karlsen Research Professor (20% position) PhD
Lawrence E. Rose Professor Emeritus PhD +47 482 88 459 +47 974 19 695
Jo Saglie Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 991 62 131
Signe Bock Segaard Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 994 28 724
Kari Steen-Johnsen Research Director, Politics, democracy, civil society PhD +47 906 49 417
Marte Winsvold Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 33 752
Dag Wollebæk Research Professor PhD
Jan Erling Klausen (NIBR)
Bjarte Folkestad (HiVolda)
Hilmar Rommetvedt (Norce)
Dag Arne Christensen (Norce)
Sveinung Arnesen (Norce)
Anne Lise Fimreite (UiB)
Elisabeth Bakke (UiO)


  • Johannes Bergh; Dag Christensen & Richard Matland (2020). Inviting immigrants in: Field experiments in voter mobilization among immigrants in Norway. Electoral Studies: an international journal on voting and electoral systems and strategy.  66
  • Signe Bock Segaard & Jo Saglie (2020). A gender-generation gap in political representation? The contingent impact of preference voting in Norwegian municipal elections. Local Government Studies.  47, s 145- 165
  • Jonas Stein; Bjarte Folkestad; Jacob Aars & Dag Arne Christensen (2020). The 2019 local and regional elections in Norway: The periphery strikes again. Regional & Federal Studies.
  • Elisabeth Bakke (2019). Etter kommunereformen: partiorganisering og nominasjon i «nye Asker», In Øyvind Østerud; Jo Saglie & Elin Haugsgjerd Allern (ed.),  Makt og opposisjon : De politiske partiene som demokratisk paradoks.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-03431-7.  Kapittel 4.  s 57 - 69
  • Johannes Bergh; Dag Arne Christensen & Richard E. Matland (2019). When is a reminder enough? Text message voter mobilization in a European context. Political Behavior.  s 1- 21

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  • Jo Saglie & Signe Bock Segaard (2020). Local Elections and Voting in Norway.
  • Jo Saglie; Johannes Bergh & Hilmar Rommetvedt (2020). Hva skjedde ved valget? Nasjonale trender og lokale variasjoner.
  • Signe Bock Segaard & Hilmar Rommetvedt (2020). Hvem skal bestemme for oss? Velgernes syn på lokalpolitisk representasjon.
  •  (2020). Volda sitt demokratiproblem.
  •  (2020). Ble lokalpolitiker som 19-åring: – Det har vært en bratt læringskurve.
  • Bjarte Folkestad (2019). Lokalvalet 2019: kva kan 20 år med lokalvalforsking fortelje oss?.
  • Signe Bock Segaard (2019). Refleksjoner over valgkampen 2019.
  • Hilmar Rommetvedt (2019). Kommune- og fylkestingsvalget 2019: Lokalvalg eller riksgallup?.
  • Signe Bock Segaard & Jo Saglie (2019). A gender-generation gap in political representation? The impact of preferential voting in Norwegian municipal elections.
  •  (2019). Orientering - intervju om det norske lokalvalg.
  •  (2019). Orientering - intervju om bonpengelistene rolle i det norske lokalvalg.
  •  (2019). Debatten - deltagelse i panel om det norske lokalvalg.
  • Jo Saglie (2019). Personstemmene teller i kommunestyrene. Kommunal rapport.  s 18- 19

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Tags: Elections and Democracy
Published Mar. 28, 2019 10:43 AM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2020 11:38 AM