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Institutional Change in Democratic Society

Project period 2013 - 2017
Project employer The Research Council of Norway
Project nr. 412.076
Project leader Fredrik Engelstad

A joint project by Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Institute for Social Research, and Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research.

How are modern societies constituted? Dominant in sociological theory are either abstract “top down” perspectives, or arbitrary labels such as “risk society” or “post-modern society”. The project chose instead a bottom up approach in order to describe how large social formations are linked together. Thereby the focus on institutions becomes crucial.

In order to avoid excessive generality, three limitations were made: (i) Mechanisms and patterns of institutional change are highlighted, (ii) a limited set of institutions are studied, (iii) democracy is regarded as constitutive in all parts of modern society. Empirically, the emphasis is put on societies of the Scandinavian type, but with clear comparative ambitions. Being societies where the state is simultaneously strong and liberal makes these societies a special case in relationship to basic assumptions in the international literature.

The project consisted of three parts:

  • Part A discussed normative theory of democracy, and theory of institutional change.
  • Part B engaged with changes in the public sphere.
  • Part C concerned institutional change in working life and the welfare state, and what characterizes Scandinavia, in comparison with Continental Europe and the Anglo-American world.

Participants

ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Fredrik Engelstad Affiliated Researcher Dr. philos. +47 22 85 40 02 +47 900 22 484 fredrik.engelstad@sosgeo.uio.no
Axel West Pedersen Research Professor PhD +47 979 69 708 axel.w.pedersen@samfunnsforskning.no
Øyvind Søraas Skorge Senior Research Fellow PhD +1 617 335 5026 oyvind.skorge@samfunnsforskning.no
Kari Steen-Johnsen Research Director, Politics, democracy, civil society PhD +47 906 49 417 kari.steen-johnsen@samfunnsforskning.no
Mari Teigen Research professor, Director CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality Dr. polit. +47 482 07 137 mari.teigen@samfunnsforskning.no
Stine Hesstvedt (ARENA Centre for European Studies)
Anniken Hagelund

Publications

  • Signe Bock Segaard (2017). The Institutional Anchoring of Social Media Venues as Arenas for Local Political Communication. Perceptions by Voters and Politicians, In Kari Steen-Johnsen; Fredrik Engelstad; Håkon Larsen & Jon Rogstad (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  6.  s 118 - 138
  • Håkon Larsen (2017). The Public Sphere as an Arena for Legitimation Work: The Case of Cultural Organizations, In Jon Rogstad; Kari Steen-Johnsen; Fredrik Engelstad & Håkon Larsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  10.  s 201 - 219
  • Fredrik Engelstad; Håkon Larsen & Jon Rogstad (2017). The Public Sphere in the Nordic Model, In Jon Rogstad; Fredrik Engelstad; Håkon Larsen & Kari Steen-Johnsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  3.  s 46 - 70
  • Fredrik Engelstad; Håkon Larsen; Jon Rogstad & Kari Steen-Johnsen (2017). Introduction: The Public Sphere in Change. Institutional Perspectives on Neo-corporatist Society, In Fredrik Engelstad; Kari Steen-Johnsen; Jon Rogstad & Håkon Larsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  1.  s 1 - 21
  • Knut Lundby (2017). Public Religion in Mediatized Transformations, In Jon Rogstad; Håkon Larsen; Fredrik Engelstad & Kari Steen-Johnsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  Chapter 12.  s 241 - 263
  • Bernard Enjolras & Kari Steen-Johnsen (2017). The digital transformation of the political public sphere: a sociological perspective, In Jon Rogstad; Håkon Larsen; Fredrik Engelstad & Kari Steen-Johnsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  Chapter 5.  s 99 - 117
  • Fredrik Engelstad (2017). Strategic Communication and Institutional Change., In Kari Steen-Johnsen; Fredrik Engelstad; Håkon Larsen & Jon Rogstad (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  17.
  • Inger Furseth (2017). The Return of Religion in the Public Sphere? The Public Role of Nordic Faith Communities., In Fredrik Engelstad; Kari Steen-Johnsen; Jon Rogstad & Håkon Larsen (ed.),  Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  11.
  • Anniken Hagelund & Axel West Pedersen (2015). To Reform or Not to Reform? Explaining the Coexistence of Successful Pension Reform and Sick Pay Inertia in Norway, In Anniken Hagelund & Fredrik Engelstad (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  Chapter 12.  s 220 - 242
  • Anne Lise Ellingsæter (2015). Making, Unmaking and Remaking: The Evolution of Nordic Cash for Childcare Schemes, In Anniken Hagelund & Fredrik Engelstad (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  Kapittel 14.  s 262 - 280
  • Anniken Hagelund & Fredrik Engelstad (2015). Introduction: Institutional Change in Neo- Corporatist Society, In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  1.  s 1 - 16
  • Mari Teigen (2015). The Making of Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards in Norway, In Anniken Hagelund & Fredrik Engelstad (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  6.  s 96 - 117
  • Torgeir Nyen & Anna Hagen Tønder (2015). Cooperation and Reform in Vocational Education and Training, In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  11.  s 201 - 218
  • Jørgen Svalund (2015). Cooperation and Power in Labour Adjustment Choices: A Nordic Perspective, In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  Kapitel 9.  s 157 - 178
  • Fredrik Engelstad (2015). Property Rights, Governance, and Power Balances., In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  Part 1.  s 36 - 55
  • Fredrik Engelstad (2015). Conflict, Compromise, Cooperation Concluding Reflections., In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  Part IV.  s 282 - 292
  • Dag Olberg (2015). Regulating the temporary layoff institution- coalitions and drift, In Fredrik Engelstad & Anniken Hagelund (ed.),  Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia.  De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  8.  s 136 - 156

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  • Fredrik Engelstad; Kari Steen-Johnsen; Håkon Larsen & Jon Rogstad (ed.) (2017). Institutional Change in the Public Sphere: Views on the Nordic Model. De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-054633-0.  269 s.
  • Anniken Hagelund & Fredrik Engelstad (ed.) (2015). Cooperation and Conflict the Nordic Way : Work, Welfare, and Institutional Change in Scandinavia. De Gruyter Open.  ISBN 978-3-11-044428-5.  298 s.

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  • Fredrik Engelstad (2017). Innledning.
  • Fredrik Engelstad (2017). Demokrati og institusjoner i endring.
  • Anniken Hagelund (2017). Velferdsstaten i endring.
  • Mia Vabø (2017). The dynamic of change in Public service organizations.

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Tags: Welfare, Gender Equality, Elections and Democracy
Published Jan. 2, 2014 10:07 AM - Last modified July 11, 2018 4:39 PM