Publications in public policy and political economy:


Geys, B. & Sørensen, R.J. 2017. Never Change a Winning Policy? Public Sector Performance and Politicians’ Preferences for Reforms. Accepted for publication in Public Administration Review, available online.


Geys, B., Heggedal, T.-R. & Sørensen, R.J. 2017. Are bureaucrats paid like CEOs? Performance compensation and turnover of top civil servants.  Journal of Public Economics. In Press, available online.


Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. The impact of state television on voter turnout (Working Paper; 2016. Accepted for publication in the British Journal of Political Science.) Replication files.



Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. After the immigration shock: The causal effect of immigration on electoral preferences. Electoral Studies 2016, 44:1-14.  Available online  and as Working Paper.

Fiva, Jon; Folke, Olle; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. The Power of Parties. Evidence from close municipal elections in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2018, 120(3):3-30. Available online and as Working Paper.

Geys, Benny and Sørensen, Rune. Revenue Scarcity and Government Outsourcing: Empirical Evidence from Norwegian Local GovernmentPublic Administration 2016, 94 (3):769-788. Available online and as Working Paper.

Rattsø, Jørn and Sørensen, Rune. Public–private political cleavage: what happens after retirement? Public Choice 166 (3): 315-333. Available online and as Working Paper.

Helland, Leif and Sørensen, Rune Jørgen Partisan bias, electoral volatility, and government efficiency. Electoral Studies 2015, 39:117-28. 

Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Political competition, party polarization, and government performance. Public Choice 161:427-450.

Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Does aging affect preferences for welfare spending? A study of peoples' spending preferences in 22 countries, 1985-2006. European Journal of Political Economy 2013, 29: 259-271.

Helland, Leif; Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Persistent rent extraction. Public Choice 2012, 153(1-2): 205-213

Rattsø, Jørn and Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Grey power and public budgets: Family altruism helps children, but not elderly. European Journal of Political Economy 2010, 26(2): 222-234.


Sørensen, R.J. and Helland, L. 2009. Geographical redistribution with disproportional representation: a politico-economic model of Norwegian road projects. Public Choice 2009, 139:5-19.

Sørensen, Rune J. Does dispersed public ownership impair efficiency? The case of refuse collection in NorwayPublic Administration 2007, 85(4):1045-1058.

Sørensen, Rune J. Local Government Consolidations: The Impact of Political Transaction Costs. Public Choice 2006, 75-95. Also available as Working Paper. 

Blom-Hansen, J., Monkerud, L. C. og Sørensen, R. Do Parties Matter for Local Revenue Policies? A comparison of Denmark and Norway, European Journal of Political Science 2006, 45: 445-465.

Rattsø, Jørn and Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Public employees as swing voters: Empirical evidence on opposition to public reform. Public Choice 2004, 119: 281–310.

Sørensen, R. J. The political economy of intergovernmental grants: the Norwegian Case, European Journal of Political Research 2003, 42:77-110

Borge, Lars-Erik and Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. Aggregating Spending Preferences: An Empirical Analysis of Party Preferences in Norwegian Local Governments. Public Choice 2002, 110: 225. 

Rune J. Sørensen, Department of Economics, Norwegian Business School - BI