Department of Political Science

Peter Munk Christiansen

Mørket sænker sig: Magten over de politiske og administrative beslutningsprocesser

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Darkness descends: Political and administrative decision-making
The first power and democracy study pointed to mediatization, closed and non-transparent decision-making processes, and a weak knowledge base in many Danish policy decisions. Since 2003, the emergence of social media has increased the mediatization of political decision-making. However, social media also allow politicians and citizens to communicate directly, for good and sometimes for worse. There is clear evidence that the amended Public Records Act and stronger political and departmental control of decision preparation have made the political decision-making process even more closed. Denmark’s comparatively strong ability to carry out controversial reforms comes at the price of a Machiavellian reform art with strong control of information to prevent mobilization of reform resistance. Politics have to be justified – rationally – which means that political proposals are often written in a somewhat optimistic language. Also Danish decision-makers exploit the art of “alternative facts”.
Original languageDanish
JournalØkonomi og Politik
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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