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Improving local democracy through ELoGE: Time’s good governance journey in Norway

Children involved in the planning of a new school in Time
Time commune in Norway


So what is the state of local democracy in Norway? At first sight, an average national voter turnout of 60% at the last local government elections in 2011 seems to suggest that Norwegian municipalities are still doing well, at least compared to most other OECD countries (and certainly compared to the UK). However, for the municipality Time (18,000 inhabitants) in the beautiful Stavanger Region on the South-West coast of Norway, a local voter turnout of 67.4 % was not seen as good enough. Therefore, the local council decided to pilot the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) of the Council of Europe to get a full picture of the state of local democracy in in the municipality.

Read this case study to find out how ELoGE works and what Time learnt from working with this tool.  

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Elin Wetås de Jara
Communication Manager
Time, Norway


This case study was written by Elin Wetås de Jara, Communication Manager of the Time Municipality and Elke Loeffler, Governance International on 3 July 2014.

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