Presidentialisation on the executive arena at the local level? The case of Norway 1992-2012


Abstract

It is empirically contested whether the phenomenon of presidentialisation, i.e. the concentration of power around the leading political positions in non-presidential systems, is taking place or not. This study sets out to investigate whether presidentialisation on the executive arena takes place in a collegial political system, more specifically in Norwegian municipalities. Using several independent empirical data in the period from 1992 to 2012, the main conclusion is that there are few traces of presidentialisation on the Norwegian local level. However, there are tendencies towards political concentration in the sense that political power is centralised in the political elite. Rather than presidentialisation or centralisation of power around one position, this can be regarded as an institutional centralisation of power.


Keywords

presidentialisation; concentration of power; Norway; municipalities


Published : 2016-02-08


Jacobsen, D. I., & Skollevold, A. S. (2016). Presidentialisation on the executive arena at the local level? The case of Norway 1992-2012. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, (35(1), 7-19. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2016.35.1.01

Dag Ingvar Jacobsen 
Dept. for Political Science and Leadership University of Agder  Poland

Servicebox 422, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway


Ann Sherin Skollevold 
Dept. for Political Science and Leadership University of Agder  Poland

Servicebox 422, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway