NEW: The Sociology of sovereignty

Subtitle: "Politics, social transformations and conceptual change." The book examines the intellectual history of the concept of sovereignty from a sociological perspective. Informed by the sociologists Max Weber and Niklas Luhmann, it addresses the concept as the centre of constitutional controversy and as a resource to deal with paradoxes of power in constitutional democracies. It discusses the dilemmas of sovereignty that appear in the wake of the emphasis on political representation, human rights and European integration. The book is a contribution to the scholarly debate on the foundation of constitutional democracy. Manchester University Press 2023.



Terje Rasmussen

...is a sociologist and professor of media studies at the University of Oslo. Rasmussen’s research interests include political sociology and political theory, the history of public opinion and the media, online journalism and transformations of public spheres. He is currently engaged in the social and political history of the debate on sovereignty in Norway. He is the author of several books and articles on political history, digital media, ethics, journalism and social theory. 


Folkesosialisten. Biografien om Finn Gustavsen


En biografi om en av Norges mest sentrale politiske skikkelser i 1960- og 1970-årene. Journalist, redaktør, stortingsrepresentant, partiformann, parlamentarisk leder. En retorisk jonglør og en opposisjonens mester. En demokratisk sosialist mellom livstrett sosialdemokrati og dogmatisk kommunisme. Et stridens sentrum. Utgitt av forlaget Manifest

Offentlighetens historie


ALLMENNINGEN er en stort anlagt beretning om offentligheten i Norge, redigert av Jostein Gripsrud. Mitt bidrag omhandler perioden 1945 - 1960.

Book (Open access): The Internet Soapbox. Perspectives on a changing public sphere

The book, published in august 2016, confronts predominating political theory with actual changes followed by the web and social media facing the public sphere. It seeks to clarify to what extent political theory takes account of such changes, and vice versa, the book examines in what ways contemporary Internet development continues to carry further the values of openness and argument. The general idea is to mobilise political ideas that directly and indirectly address the nature and functions of our current amorphous and complex public sphere, with an emphasis on the implications of the Internet, including the web and social media. I argue that the predominant normative concept of ‘the public sphere’ is unsuited to help us understand contemporary opinion-formation and legitimacy. A free Open Access publication.