​​​​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.

Book Offers Fresh View into Palestinian Political Economy

Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives, edited by PRIO Global Fellow Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, and Timothy Seidel, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book explores the political economy of Palestine through critical, interdisciplinary, and decolonial perspectives. By doing so, it offers a fresh view into Palestinian political economy. This volume is written as an in-depth introduction for anyone who seeks to understand Palestine today.

Political Elites in Autocracies - Funding in Place for Project

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.

Mobilizing for and against Democracy (MoDe) - Funding for New Project

Why do some pro-democracy movements succeed while others fail?

Congratulations to project leader Hanne Fjelde on securing 3-year funding from the FRIPRO programme of the Research Council of Norway for the project Mobilizing for and against Democracy (MoDe). Other project members are Sirianne Dahlum, Tore Wig (UiO and PRIO), Carl-Henrik Knutsen (UiO and PRIO), Marianne Dahl (PRIO), Espen Geelmuyden Rød (Uppsala University and Nils W. Metternich (UCL).

NEPS Medal to PRIO Researchers

​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?'.


Håvard Hegre and Kristin Bakke Elected to the ISA Leadership

​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.

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