- raising the interest and knowledge of British politics in Norway
Last update 25-November-2015


Queen VictoriaWestminsterGordon Brown for BritainTony Blair and George W. BushBuckingham PalaceMargaret Thatcher and Ronald ReaganLondon bus
U P C O M I N G  E V E N T
N E W  I S S U E  O F  
B R I T I S H  P O L I T I C S  R E V I E W
Where to, Labour?

BPS is pleased to invite its members and friends to a panel discussion on the future of the Labour party!.

Time: 15 December at 1930 hrs
Place: Kjelleren, Litteraturhuset

Critics have compared Jeremy Corbyn's political agenda to that of the Labour Party in the early 1980s - an agenda which eventually culminated in electoral disaster for Labour and a decade and a half of Conservative dominance. Will history replay itself, or is Labour's future under Corbyn of a different kind?


Glen O'Hara, Professor at Oxford Brookes University
Jan Erik Mustad, Senior Lecturer University of Agder
Annette Groth, Former London correspondent for the NRK

All welcome!
| Free entrance

Sign up!
The Corbyn Gamble
Jeremy Corbyn represents a lurch to the left in the wake of Labour electoral defeat in May. A highly unlikely choice under most circumstances, Corbyn’s candidature gained strength through an appeal to the discontented. His steadfast claim that a different Britain is possible caused a wave of new members and registered supporters of Labour, and helped give Corbyn an impressive mandate. Can his political project succeed?
BPR 4-15
Contributions to the autumn issue of British Politics Review discuss Labour's dilemma of seeking profound social change on the back of a credible strategy for government.

Articles by Glen O'Hara, Atle L. Wold, Paul Beaumont, James Strong, James Hampshire, Steven Powell, Ruth Yeoman, Kevin Hickson, Jan Erik Mustad and Řivind Bratberg.
Will Britain end up like Norway?

This was the key question asked at our evening event at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 26 October. 

An engaged audience got to hear presentations from Isabelle Hertner (University of Birmingham), Chris Lord (ARENA) and Kristin Haugevik (NUPI/BPS). Presenting their contributions to the summer issue of British Politics Review, the three discussed Britain’s alternatives to full EU membership, as well as the general reactions from Brussels and from key EU member states to David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate, Britain’s membership terms and hold a national referendum by the end of 2017. 

Whereas Chris Lord outlined four possible future association models for Britain, on a scale ranging from full membership to full outsidership, Isabelle Hertner concluded that the German position on “Brexit” could be summed up as one of “Nein Danke!” Finally, Kristin Haugevik talked about the relevance of “looking to Norway” for the two sides in the upcoming referendum campaign in Britain. 

The seminar was co-organized by British Politics Society and ARENA Centre for European Studies, the former’s role as organizer permitted by financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through “Europamidler”

The seminar was chaired by ARENA’s John Erik Fossum, while BPS leader Atle L. Wold opened the seminar on behalf of the organizers.


Join us in 2016!

Membership in the British Politics Society is open to everyone with an interest in British politics, culture, and society.

BPS membership for one year costs NOK 200,- and gives the following benefits:
  • The right to vote at our Annual General Meeting 

Established in June 2006, the overall objective of the BPS is to raise the general interest and knowledge about Britain and British politics in Norway and to maintain a scholarly network for people with an interest in such matters. 

Our core activities include the staging of occasional events and the publication of the quarterly journal British Politics Review.

The current board consists of four people, all based in the academic community in Oslo. 

Send us an e-mail to learn more!
F O L L O W  U SU P C O M I N G  I S S U E  O F  B P R

F o l l o w  u s  o n

Are you a BPS member or are you interested in our work? Our Facebook page is regularly updated with news about our activities, publications and organisational work.

At the page, BPS members and others can also engage in discussions on questions related to British politics, culture and society.

Click here to follow us.
Conservative Britain?

The Conservative Party has now been in power since 2010, being the lion’s share of the Coalition from 2010 to 2015. Much to all the pundits and pollsters surprise, they then won the general election of 2015 with a majority. This sees the Tories back in power alone, for the first time since 1997. But the party - still under the leadership of ‘moderniser’ David Cameron - is now facing a significant pull from both the right and left of the political spectrum.

Is this ideological tug-o-war manageable? Not least considering the potential political cataclysm that could result from a vote to leave the EU in 2016 or 2017. Will this mean a collapse of the Conservative vote, or a galvanising of the centre and right against a more radical Labour Party?

The Winter edition of British Politics Review is due to arrive in February 2016. Please contact us if you wish to contribute!
| British Politics Society, Norway | P.O. Box 6, Blindern | N-0313 Oslo, Norway |
| E-mail: mail [at] britishpoliticssociety.no | Webeditor: Kristin Haugevik |