Norsk ph.d.-studerende på besøg

Stine Hesstvedt fra Universitetet i Oslo gæster Institut for Statskundskab fra januar til juni 2019.

22.01.2019 | Mia Ulvgraven Nielsen

My name is Stine, and I am a visiting PhD student from ARENA Center for European studies at the University of Oslo. I am happy to be spending the spring semester here in Aarhus (January-June), and will be sitting in the guest researcher room in building 1331, room 211.

In my PhD, I study the role of experts and expertise in policy-making. More specifically, I am interested in why and how politicians and bureaucrats delegate policy-preparation and advice giving to experts and technocrats in governmental commissions. In my thesis I ask questions such as: What kind of experts and expertise inform policy-making? What characterizes governments and ministries that appoint experts to commissions? Are experts granted autonomy or subjected to political-bureaucratic control when they inquire policy issues? Investigating these issues, I mainly rely on a database covering members and citations/references in Norwegian governmental commissions (Norges Offentlige Utredninger – NOU) appointed between 1970 and 2018. The quantitative material is supplemented by qualitative interviews of commission members and civil servants.

Prior to starting my PhD in 2017, I studied Political Science at the University of Oslo and worked as a research assistant at the Norwegian Election Program. In Aarhus, I will be co-writing an article with Peter Munk Christiansen on the use of experts in Danish and Norwegian commissions, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know the people and the research at the department better.