Konfliktparadokset: Samarbeid og konflikt i kommunepolitikken

Marte Windvold*, Tina Øllgaard Bentzen

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This chapter focuses on a paradox related to cooperation and conflict
in local politics. Most Norwegian local governments are organized according
to a model where political parties are proportionally represented in all political
committees. While this model encourages consensus building, it has increasingly been filled with party-political conflicts. This chapter discusses the difficult balance between “cooperation” and “conflict” in local politics. We show
how local councilors in Norway and Denmark perceive and relate to conflict,
and we provide examples of destructive as well as constructive conflicts in local
governments. In a brief and subsequent chapter, a Norwegian Mayor reflects on
how to balance party-political conflicts and cooperation.
Translated title of the contributionKonfliktparadokset: Samarbejde og konflikt i kommunepolitikken
Original languageNorwegian
Title of host publicationFolkevalgt og politisk leder
EditorsAsbjørn Røiseland, Signy Varbo
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationOslo
PublisherCappelen Damm
Publication date19 May 2020
ISBN (Print)9788202679187
ISBN (Electronic)9788202652319
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020

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