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Women in local politics

Project period 2014 - 2016
Project employer Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
Project nr. 10028
Project leader Signe Boch Segaard


Project Approach

The project presents and discusses main results from previous research on factors that influence political recruitment in general, and women’s representation in local politics in particular.

We distinguish between explanatory factors at three different levels. The macro level refers to the national context, including institutional and cultural factors. The meso level refers to political parties and municipalities, and the micro level consists of individual actors such as voters and political candidates.

Moreover, we distinguish between a supply side and a demand side. The supply side includes the potential political candidates, while the demand side comprises the voters as well as gatekeepers within political parties, who may prefer male or female candidates.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Johannes Bergh Research Director, Politics, democracy, civil society PhD +47 943 88 242
Henning Finseraas Affiliated Researcher PhD +47 482 83 631
Rune Karlsen Research Professor (20% position) PhD
Jo Saglie Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 991 62 131
Signe Bock Segaard Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 994 28 724
Guro Ødegård
Jacob Aars
Bjarte Folkestad
Dag Arne Christensen
Tags: Gender Equality, Elections and Democracy
Published Apr. 1, 2014 12:35 PM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2017 9:03 AM