Public Policy and Administration

Research group

Public Policy and Administration

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The research group “public policy and administration” (OPA-group) addresses important issues linked to policy, administration and political organization in local, national and multi-level governance. Central in this work is concerned towards reforms, institutional change, governance, network and public management in both classic and modern organizations.

Tema: OPA

Aktiviteter våren 2024


  • Henning Finseraas: ‘Sustained Effects of Additional Teachers Used to Provide Small-Group Instruction in Mathematics in Early Grades: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment’.
    • Torsdag 18.01. 12.30-13.30. Velferdsstaten.


  • Jonas Lund-Tønnesen: ‘Attitudes towards government surveillance and the role of trust in a major crisis: A survey experiment in 16 European countries’.
    • Torsdag 08.02. 13.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten.


  • Charlie F. Thompson: midway seminar for Ph.D project
    • Torsdag 07.03. 10.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten.


  • Charlie F. Thompson: ‘Taking the Policy Process to the Northern Lights’
    • Torsdag 11.04. 13.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten. OPA-pils from 18.00 at Habitat.


  • Evangelia Petridou (Mid Sweden University) ‘Policy Entrepreneurs, Crises, and Policy Change’
    • Thursday 08.05. 13.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten.
  • Michael Grothe-Hammer: ‘Theorizing emergency services as organizations
    • Thursday 30.05. 13.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten.


  • Erlend E. Gylver ‘Jordvernets rolle i planleggingen av ny E6 gjennom Melhus’
    • Torsdag 13.06. 13.00-14.00. Velferdsstaten.


For a full overview of publications, visit the researcers' NTNU profiles. Here are some relevant publications from the research group:

  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Müller-Seitz, G., Raab, J., Sydow, J. (2017). From High-Reliability Organizations to High-Reliability Networks: The Dynamics of Network Governance in the Face of Emergency. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(2), 352-371. 
  • Finseraas, Henning and Marte Strøm (2021). Voter responses to refugee arrivals: Effects of settlement policy, European Journal of Political Research. 
  • Jon Magnussen og Pål E. Martinussen (2013): From Centralization to Decentralization, and Back: Norwegian Health Care in a Nordic Perspective. I Joan Costa-Font og Scott L. Greer (red): Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care. Palgrave.
  • Nordheim, Oda; Martinussen, Pål Erling. (2019) Happiness and the role of social protection: how types of social spending affected individuals’ life satisfaction in OECD countries, 1980-2012. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.
  • Pål E. Martinussen, Jan C. Frich, Karsten Vrangbæk og Jon Magnussen (2017): Organisatoriske forhold og løsninger i spesialisthelsetjenesten - hva mener sykehuslegene?. Micheal Journal.
  • Pål Erling Martinussen og Jon Magnussen (2019): Is having private health insurance associated with less support for public healthcare? Evidence from the Norwegian NHS. Health Policy.
  • Vik, Jostein (2020). The agricultural policy trilemma: On the wicked nature of agricultural policy making, Land Use Policy, Vol. 99
  • Vik Jostein (2020) Jordbrukspolitikken som ondarta problem – og motor for misnøye, chapter 8 in Almås & Fuglestad (ed). Periferien på nytt i sentrum- om dei nye distriktsopprøra. Oslo: Dreyer forlag.
  • Vik, Jostein, Reidar Almås, Bjørn Egil Flø & Eirik Magnus Fuglestad, (2020) Periferiens politiske økonomi i sentrum – nokre refleksjonar, chapter 14 in Almås & Fuglestad (ed). Periferien på nytt i sentrum- om dei nye distriktsopprøra. Oslo: Dreyer forlag.
  • Zyzak, Barbara (2017). Breakdown of Inter-Organizational Cooperation: The case of regional councils in Norway. The Rise of Common Political Order. Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Zyzak, Barbara; Jacobsen, Dag Ingvar (2019). External managerial networking in meta-organizations. Evidence from regional councils in Norway. Public Management Review. 



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