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New project on expert use granted to ARENA

Cathrine Holst will together with Johan Christensen lead the research project EUREX on the role of experts in policy-making. The project is one of eight to receive funding from the Norwegian Research Council's DEMOS programme.

Senior researcher at ARENA Cathrine Holst and Johan Christensen, Leiden University.

A total of eight projects have been selected for funding by the Research Council's programme Democratic and Effective Governance, Planning and Public Administration (DEMOS). A total of 34 applications were submitted.

EUREX: Expertization of public inquiry commissions? Democracy and good governance in a Europeanized administrative order is led by Cathrine Holst, senior researcher at ARENA and Johan Christensen, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University.

Scrutiny of public inquiry commissions

The project will analyze and assess the Norwegian system of public inquiry commissions, also known as the NOU system. It will examine changes in the system over time in light of the growing role of experts and expert advice in policy-making ('expertization') and processes of Europeanization. The changes will be assessed against values of democracy, efficiency and good governance.

EUREX will draw on input from a group of people with experience from the Norwegian NOU system, including public commission leaders, key individuals from the public sector, politicians and organizations.

The four-year project is likely to start mid-2016.

Published Dec. 18, 2015 1:19 PM - Last modified Sep. 28, 2016 7:19 PM