Jens Christian Boxaspen, 2018
Democracy has to me, always been one of those words you kind of know the meaning of, but really do not.
The definition is straightforward, but how the government really is made up, why bureaucracy is needed, how do people across different disciplines manage to work together, why all those people cashing their monthly paycheck from the government deserve to do so or if they really do is of such a complex undertaking that it’s easier not taking the time and effort doing it.
The average Norwegian hopefully knows that the Solberg Cabinet leads the council of state and that Jonas Gahr Støre is the leader of the labour party, which is the country’s largest. That Frostating is the name of one of the Norwegian second-tier courts. Or there are 18 administrative divisions in Norway, from Finn-mark in the North to the Agder-divisions in the south. But how the inner workings of the government are REALLY laid out, few laymen know.
In this course and during this semester, I have tried to work with this complexity, building a framework to understand better this beast that is Norwegian bureaucracy.