New co-authored Open Access article on heritage reform, democratization and politicization published in Heimen. The full article is available in Norwegian, but the key findings are summarized in the abstract below.

English abstract: In 2020 the Norwegian heritage sector is transformed as the Regional Reform enters into force. As a general political governance reform, the reform aims to reduce bureaucracy and increase the democratization of public management, of which heritage management is one element. Drawing on the empirical data from the public hearing laying out the new governance structure of the heritage sector, the article pays particular attention to the Norwegian heritage management institutions’ views on democratization. Moreover, as democratization of heritage has been a central topic within the international research field of Heritage Studies, the article aims to explore the extent to which the Regional Reform’s underlying principle of democratization resonates with the latter. Seen in relation to each other, it is apparent that the two operate with different notions of democratization: Whereas the international literature on democratization is emancipatory in nature and structured around the desire to include non-experts’ views on heritage, the Regional Reform’s notion of democracy is structured around the root of the word: democracy in the meaning of ‘rule by the people’. Hence, the article draws attention to the different perspectives aiming to highlight where the two can learn from each other.

Reference: Hølleland, H. & J. Skrede 2019. Regionreformen: Demokratisering og politisering av kulturminneforvaltningen. Heimen 56(2):127-142.

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