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Publications in public policy and political economy:


The impact of women above the political glass ceiling: Evidence from a Norwegian executive gender quota reform. Electoral Studies 2019, 60:1-10. (With Benny Geys) Also available as Working Paper News coverage in the BI Business Review.

The impact of state television on voter turnout. British Journal of Political Science, 2019, 49(1):257-278.) Available as Working Paper. News coverage in the LSE-blog and in Dagens Næringsliv.

Geys, Benny & Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. 2017. Never Change a Winning Policy? Public Sector Performance and Politicians’ Preferences for Reforms.  Public Administration Review 78:206-216. Available online.


Geys, Benny, Heggedal, Tom-Reiel & Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. 2017. Are bureaucrats paid like CEOs? Performance compensation and turnover of top civil servants.  Journal of Public Economics. 152:47-54. Available online.


Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. The impact of state television on voter turnout. British Journal of Political Science 2019, 49(1):257-278. Working Paper. Coverage in the LSE-blog and in Dagens Næringsliv. 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 & 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 & Sørensen, Rune. Public–private political cleavage: what happens after retirement? Public Choice 166 (3): 315-333. Available online and as Working Paper.

Helland, Leif & 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, Rune Jørgen & Helland, Leif. Geographical redistribution with disproportional representation: a politico-economic model of Norwegian road projects. Public Choice 2009, 139:5-19.

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

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

Blom-Hansen, Jens & Monkerud, Lars Chr og Sørensen, Rune Jørgen. 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, Rune Jørgen. 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. 

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