News   The research project on Democracy and Power in Denmark was launched after an initiative by the Danish Parliament. The purpose is to analyze the state of the Danish democracy at the entrance to the 21st century.

In 1994, the Danish Parliament formed a special committee "regarding an analysis of democracy and power in Denmark." The committee issued a report in the spring of 1997 in which a majority of the committee members recommended a Danish democracy and power study. The report stipulated that the duration of the Democracy and Power Study would be 5-7 years and that it should be headed by an independent steering committee consisting of active researchers.

According to the report, the purpose of the Democracy and Power Study is

... to examine the function of democracy in broad terms, including the influence of power structures in organizations and movements and the economic power structures on society, as well as the consequences of internationalization as far as transparency and visibility of decisions, influence and power in society.

The steering committee has, on this background, started research projects in the following areas: Citizenship; Parliament and parties; The public sector in transition; Organizations, businesses and elites; Political decision processes; Opinion formation and the media in the political process; Globalization and internationalization; Long-term perspectives in the study of power and democracy; and Concepts of power and democracy.

Please address any questions about the Study to the secretariat:

The book Magt og demokrati i Danmark. Hovedresultater fra Magtudredningen was published in October 2003

The book presents the main conclusions from the Danish Democracy and Power Study.

A short version of the conclusions is available in English: Power and Democracy in Denmark. Conclusions

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The book Politisk offentlighed og demokrati i Danmark was published in June 2004



Link to
Power and Democracy in Denmark. The Parliamentary Chain of Governance.pdf

by Peter Munk Christiansen & Lise Togeby

Paper delivered at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2-5, Chicago