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Ongoing project

The Norwegian National Election Studies (NNES) of 2017 and 2021

Project period 2016 - 2023
Project employer The Research Council of Norway
Project nr. 10119
Project leader Johannes Bergh


Main Purpose

The Norwegian National Election Studies (NNES) is an ongoing research project, the main purposes of which are to analyze elections, election results, voter behavior, and voter attitudes over time.

The 2017 and 2021 NNES will provide both continuity and innovation to Norwegian electoral research.

1st Project Aim

We aim, first, to build on previous research and to provide continuity with respect to institutional affiliation, research design, data-collection methods, and analyses of voter behavior. The project will continue to be led by the Institute for Social Research, in close collaboration with the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo, and with partners at both the University of Bergen and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (in Trondheim).

We will continue using a large-scale post-election survey as the main data source in the project.

The main publication will be a book in Norwegian that aims to combine high-quality research with accessible writing.

2nd Project Aim

An equally important aim of the 2017 and 2021 NNES is to renew the field of election studies in Norway and to enable innovation in research questions, methods, and designs. Starting with the 2017 election, we will introduce a campaign study as a regular part of the National Election Studies.

We also plan a renewal of the study of election turnout, using experimental methods and data from the electronic electoral roll that the Norwegian government is gradually implementing and making available to researchers.

In the upcoming 2017 election, we will conduct a study of rightwing populism and anti-immigrant mobilization.

Finally, it is important to note that politics in general, and particularly political elections, are unpredictable and prone to unexpected change. We need to be able to follow events as they happen, and to have resources available so that we can plan and execute new research efforts during the course of the project period.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Johannes Bergh Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 943 88 242
Atle Hennum Haugsgjerd Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 58 583
Dina Heider Hov Research Assistant +47 922 89 708
Rune Karlsen Research Professor (20% position) PhD
Bernt Aardal Affiliated Researcher Dr. philos. +47 22 84 42 34 +47 924 34 801
Anders Todal Jenssen
Toril Aalberg
Elisabeth Ivarsflaten


  • Bernt Aardal & Johannes Bergh (2018). Elections in Context : The 2017 Norwegian Election. West European Politics.  41, s 1208- 1216
  • Rune Karlsen & Bernt Aardal (2016). Political values count but issue ownership decides? How stable and dynamic factors influence party set and vote choice in multiparty systems. International Political Science Review.  37, s 261- 276
  • Johannes Bergh; Dag Arne Christensen; Bjarte Folkestad; Rune Karlsen & Jo Saglie (2016). Personvalg ved stortingsvalg?. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift.  32, s 217- 242
  • Rune Karlsen & Johannes Bergh (2016). Norway. European Journal of Political Research: Political Data Yearbook.  s 199- 203

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  • Johannes Bergh; Dag Arne Christensen & Richard Matland (2018). Voter Mobilisation in a High-Turnout Context: Get Out the Vote Experiments in the 2017 Norwegian Parliamentary Election. Rapport – Institutt for samfunnsforskning. 2018:7.

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Tags: Elections and Democracy
Published Oct. 10, 2016 3:41 PM - Last modified Mar. 21, 2019 3:32 PM