Political culture

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«In Norway they are bragging about the Prime Minister being a perfectly ordinary person», said a French ambassador when taking his leave of the country. «In France, that would have been an insult.»


In spite of France being a republic and Norway a monarchy, egalitarian ideals are probably more ingrained in Norway.

In the study of political culture the focus of attention is on attitudes, norms and practices which are relevant for the political game and for political legitimacy and governance, often with an emphasis on the historical dimension.   

We apply a broad definition of the concept “political culture”. Examples of research fields are: The view of man and society, ideas about representation and legal and religious norms, electoral systems, freedom of speech in practice, loyalty towards the government, manners and political rhetoric, journalism and satire.

It could also be relevant to consider how the institutional, organizational and material framework tends to shape political culture, while themselves being part of it. Ceremonies, processions, dress and architecture are examples of the material aspects of political culture.

Research could also be conducted at the intersection between political culture and cultural politics, including the relationship between language and identity. This plays a significant role for the character of the political culture in many countries, among them Norway, especially in the 19th century.

Research disciplines

The following academic disciplines are represented in the research group: Archeology, history, history of ideas, rhethoric, philosophy, literature, music studies, social geography, tourism research, sociology and political science.

Current research projects

More projects are listed in the Norwegian version of the home page.

  • Funded by the Norwegian Research Council: «The Last Ice Age»
  • Diaspora and Memory in the Viking Age
  • Cultural Brokers in the Middle Ages
  • Parenting, child-culture and emotional relations in postwar Norway.
  • Application to the Norwegian Research Council: Balancing profit and social purpose. Moral and political dimensions of the British and Norwegian models of capitalism, 1870 to 2020.
  • Medievalism

Research partners and networks

  • Université de Toulouse II, Le Mirail
  • School of business, Northumbria University
  • Department of Administration and Organization Theory, Universitetet i Bergen
  • Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen
  • Global Risk Governance programme, Public Law Department, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town
  • Midgard Historiske senter
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Aarhus

Leader of the research group

Members of the research group: