The Governance research group looks at the interplay between aspects of governance and peace at the domestic and the international level. Governance is defined very broadly to include the formal institutions that regulate recruitment to and execution of political power as well as less formal structures and processes, including how decisions are implemented, human rights protection or violation, and informal power structures.
How can we better understand the rank-and-file of political elites in electoral autocracies, and how their strategic interaction affects the overall political system and societal outcomes?
Haakon Gjerløw has received funding from the Research Council of Norway for the three-year project
Elite Political Dynamics in Electoral Autocracies (ELITE).
Congratulations to Haakon and his team! Other project members will be Lise Rakner at the University of Bergen and Øyvind Stiansen, as well as a collaboration with SAIPAR (South African Institute for Policy and Research). The project plans to start up during August 2021.
PRIO has long been at the forefront of research on protest movements.
As of 2020 PRIO houses three major projects that simultaneously are investigating mass mobilizations and protests. As a result, we will have a large team of leading experts in the field. This is something that no other research institution can boast of, either nationally or internationally.
Read more about this in Tora Sagård's summing up of these projects and the links between them.
Why do some pro-democracy movements succeed while others fail?
Yesterday, the NEPS Medal for the best publication in peace science, was awarded in Verona to Carl Henrik Knutsen, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Tore Wig for their aricle in World Politics: 'Autocratic Elections: Stabilizing Tool or Force for Change?'.
PRIO is a founding member of the SDG 16 Data Initiative - a collective project by a consortium of organizations seeking to support the open tracking of the global commitments made by more than 194 countries on peace, justice, and strong institutions.
In the recent elections in the International Studies Association, two PRIO associates were elected to leadership positions in the association. Håvard Hegre, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University became Vice President-elect and Kristin Bakke, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University College London was elected as an at-large member of the Governing Council. ISA's new President for the 2018–19 term is Patrick James, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California.
H.M. the King’s Gold Medal is awarded annually to an excellent young researcher for a research contribution evaluated by the University of Oslo, and based on recommendations from the faculties. The research must be a true contribution to the literature within the relevant field of research.
Today, Friday 25 September, Tore Wig has successfully defended his doctoral thesis in political science at the University of Oslo: Beyond the Civil Democratic Peace: Subnational Political Institutions and Internal Armed Conflict.
East Africa has become the latest hotspot for oil-and-gas discoveries, but the reserves are located in countries characterized by weak state institutions and social unrest. A number of African countries – several of them with significant Norwegian assistance – are on the threshold of becoming major producers of oil and gas. Does this mean that Norwegian companies are contributing to increase the risk of civil war in these countries?
PRIO hereby announces 1–2 scholarships for master’s degree students scheduled to finish their thesis by June 2015. The scholarships are given in connection with the project Political Institutions and Armed Conflict, directed by Håvard Hegre.
The deadline for applications is 22 September 2014, and decisions will be made by 1 October.
Journal Article in Democratization
Journal Article in International Peacekeeping
Journal Article in Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal Article in Foreign Policy Analysis
Journal Article in International Journal of Transitional Justice
Journal Article in Journal of Peace Research
Journal Article in British Journal of Political Science