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Democracy, trust and political inequality

Project period 2018 - 2020
Project employer Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet (KMD)
Project nr. 10363
Project leader Signe Bock Segaard
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Project Approach

This project aims to provide insight into the relationships between political and social inequality in political participation and trust. A main question is whether inequality challenges democratic legitimacy and thereby democratic steering and policy implementation.

Project Work Packages

The project is organized through seven work pages:

  1. Research review on the relationship between democracy, trust and political inequality
  2. A descriptive analysis of different social groups’ trust in local democracy
  3. Innovative systems for participation between elections and political trust
  4. The correlation between representation, legitimacy and political inequality in participation
  5. Political participation and social inequality among immigrants
  6. Local politicians’ trust in the citizen participation
  7. The legitimacy of local democracy in light of political trust and equality.

The project is led by the Institute for Social Research in cooperation with NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

Project Aim

All together, the project will present a complexed picture of the relationship between democracy, trust and political inequality.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Johannes Bergh Research Director, Politics, democracy, civil society PhD +47 943 88 242
Atle Hennum Haugsgjerd Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 58 583
Jo Saglie Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 991 62 131
Signe Bock Segaard Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 994 28 724
Marte Winsvold Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 33 752
Dag Arne Christensen (NORCE)
Sveinung Arnesen (NORCE)
Tags: Elections and Democracy
Published May 22, 2019 2:16 PM - Last modified Nov. 2, 2020 11:09 AM