Nordic Political Science Association
On August 15, 2019, Professor Oddbjørn Knutsen, Department of Political Science in Oslo, suddenly passed away, at the age of 66.
Oddbjørn was chair of the NoPSA 2011-2014, and member of the board 2008-2014. Furthermore, he was chair of the Norwegian PSA 2010-2017, member of the ECPR executive committee since 2017 elected with NoPSA support, and he was the chair of the local organizing committee for the ECPR general conference in Oslo 2017.
Oddbjørn’s comparative research on voters and electoral cleavages was widely reckoned and places him in the tradition of Stein Rokkan.
Oddbjørn was a highly esteemed colleague, friendly and competent. He was always ready to advise his successors as chairs of NoPSA, and knew the procedural rules better than anyone, taught us much, and he put all of his vigor into promoting the cause of NoPSA. His sudden passing stuck the board with grief. We will miss him. Let our thoughts go to his family, friends, students and colleagues!
On behalf of the board,
Flemming Juul Christiansen, Chair.
Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki, chair of the Finnish PSA) got elected to the Board of the ECPSA (European Confederation of Political Science Associations). At the same time, Anders Lidström (Umeå University, Former chair of the Swedish PSA) stepped down. The election took place at the ECPSA Annual General Assembly in Lisbon, February 22th and 23th, 2019. Three of the Nordic PSAs are members of the ECPSA (Norway, Sweden, Finland).
Dr. Hilmar Rommetvedt has been elected member of the 25st IPSA Executive Committee. Rommetvedt is Head of Research in political science at IRIS – International Research Institute of Stavanger/NORCE – Norwegian Research Centre, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger. Rommetvedt is a member of the Board of the Division of Science of the Research Council of Norway. He was elected at the IPSA Congress in Brisbane with the active support from the political science associations in the Nordic region.
On April 15 the EC of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) decided to let NoPSA become its 57th member. NoPSA joins as a regional political science association. The motivation for the NoPSA board to apply for membership is to support the work of IPSA of developing cross country cooperation within political science. One of the aims of NoPSA is to coordinate Nordic co-operation within the framework of international professional organizations, including the International Political Science Association (IPSA). NoPSA will particate with one vote in the council by the 25th World Congress of IPSA in Brisbane in July.
Oddbjørn Knutsen from the University of Oslo got elected to ECPR’s Executive committee this spring 2018. Oddbjørn Knutsen was supported by the Nordic Political Science Associations and the ECPR Official representatives (OR) from the member institutions in the Nordic countries. He became a professor in Oslo on 1993. 2010-2017 he was Chair of the Norwegian PSA, and 2011-2014 the president of NoPSA. 2008-2015 he was chair of the ECPR standing group in public opinion and voting behavior in a comparative perspective. 6 of the 12 members of the Executive Committee were elected this time. The elected members of the Executive Committee are elected for a maximum term of six years. In the previous six-year period Olafur Th. Hardarsson from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik was a member of the Executive Committee. Petri Koikkalainen from the University of Lappland has been a member of the Executive Committee the last three years and shall continue for the next three years.
NoPSA is arranging a course at Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2016. The course is called “The Nordic Welfare State Model in a Comparative and European Perspective: Still the blue-print for growth, well-being and social cohesion?”. Lecturers are Associate Professor Caroline de la Porte, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Professor Bo Rothstein
Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Further information about the course.
Professor Jørgen Elklit (Aarhus University) has been elected member of the 23rd IPSA Executive Committee. Elklit is professor of political science at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he has held various positions since 1970, including two periods as Head of Department. He was elected with the active support from the political science associations in the Nordic region.
The Johan Skytte Foundation and Uppsala University are now cordially inviting scholars in the field of Political Science to nominate candidates for the award of Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science 2014. Read more here.
The Nordic Voter (Bengtsson, Hansen, Harðarson, Narud and Oscarsson, 2013) is the first book-length comparative analysis of voting behaviour in the five Nordic countries.
The book comprises detailed accounts of voter turnout, party identification, satisfaction with democracy, preferential voting, government support and party choice.
Analyses are based on a comparative data set prepared by national teams. An important reference for analysts of the Nordic welfare states in general and for electoral researchers in particular.
In June 2012, Kia Lindroos was elected to the Executive Commitee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Lindros was supported by all the Nordic countries.
Lindros received the Master’s in Political Science in 1990 and the second master in Philosophy (1992), both at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. After research period in Germany (Universität zu Köln) she defended her Licentiate thesis in 1993. Ph.D. thesis in political science was finalized in 1998 (University of jyväskylä), after working at the Middlesex University, London. Currently, she works as professor of Political Science at the University of Jyväskylä. She is the President of the Finnish Political Science Association, Member of ECPSA Executive Committee and President of the ECPR Standing Group ”Politics and the Arts”. She is also member of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change.
Olafur Hardarson from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik was this spring (2012) elected to ECPR’s Executive committee. He was supported by the Nordic Political Science Associations and the ECPR Official representatives (OR) from the member institutions in the Nordic countries. 7 of the 12 members of the Executive Committee were elected this time. The elected members of the Executive Committee are elected for a maximum term of six years. In the previous six-year period Jacob Torfing from the University of Roskilde was a member of the Executive Committee. Jonas Tallberg from the University of Stockholm has been a member of the Executive Committee the last three years and shall continue for the next three years.
The Executive Committee has important functions within ECPR.