Pågående forskningsprosjekter

Politisk autoritet i Norge

Prosjektet ble avsluttet med boken Ansiktet foran makten, Novus 2017.

Det undersøker politisk lederskap mellom politikken og folket, mellom beslutningene og tilslutningen til dem, om den tilliten som lederen må skape og hente i offentligheten. Det ser på politisk lederskap over tid, både generelt og konkret, om politikkens mest personlige og synlige side, i et demokrati derfor også en av dens viktigste. I alle politiske systemer artikuleres politisk makt som person-makt. Makten legemliggjøres, den tilskrives mennesket. Men hvordan?

The Euromissiles and the media 1979-1983

Many of the dramatic events in 1989 and following years were outcomes of events a decade earlier, when the battle of the NATO dual-track decision took place in many West European countries. There are two contrasting conclusions of the events one arguing that the dual-track decision of December 1979 lead to a new dangerous situation for Europe. The contrasting view is that the deployment of the missiles shifted the momentum to the west and subsequently to the defeat of Soviet policy. Similarly, the judgements of the situation at the time were diametrically opposite of one another: The NATO idea was to connect Western Europe closer to the US and so cancel any Sovjet ideas that a war could be limited to Europe. Such missiles would shift the ability from massive nuclear deterrence to ‘flexible response’ and deter Soviet from any aggression against Europe.

Political realism, legitimacy and public communication

The purpose of this project is to (re)construct another conception of political legitimacy and public opinion. As an alternative to "idealist" conceptions of the public sphere, this project receives insights from a realist line of thought in political theory (eg. Machiavelli, Hobbes, Hume, Weber, B. Williams, N. Luhmann and others.) The first part of the project 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 reversibly, the book examines in what ways contemporary Internet development continue to carry the values of openness and argument further. The general idea in the following chapters 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.