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On the Constitution of Order in Norway. Equality and Leadership: Strength in a Weak State?

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Berge, Erling
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 2
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 9-13, 1999
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2279
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): collective action
state and local governance
Abstract: "By order in this headline is meant something opposite of chaos or anarchy. The Norwegian society is not in anarchy or chaos. A person can go about his or her business expecting other persons to follow the same rules. And if someone does break the rules there are established procedures for sanctioning. And moreover, the order in Norway is seen as a democratic rule-of-law. "For the discussion here I will by democracy understand a society where collective action problems ultimately are solved be the consent of the people, either directly or indirectly (through negotiations by representatives). This does not necessarily mean a parliamentary democracy, but it means that there is some orderly way of making the difficult collective decisions, implement them, monitor them and sanction their breach. In short it means there is some kind of central government. And further, it means there has to be some orderly way of replacing this government if 'the people' thinks some of the available alternatives for governor will take better care of their common interest."

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