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Henrik Litlere Bentsen

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 76 38
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

My main research interests are judicial behavior, judicial dissent, and public opinion of courts and judges. More generally, I am interested in how fair procedures influences democratic legitimacy (as a part of the PROLEG-project). In addition, my reserach focuses on immigrants' participation in civil society (Centre for Research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector), labor market participation among the chronically ill (PROCHRO), the effects of citizen panels on public perceptions of governance (DEMOVATE), and public perceptions of using liquid hydrogen to decarbonize maritime transport in Norway (Pilot-E project). My work mainly consists of quantitative observational studies as well as survey- and lab-experimental analyses.

My most recent journal publication is: Dissent, Legitimacy, and Public Support for Court Decisions: Evidence from a Survey‐Based Experiment", Law & Society Review, 53(2): 588-610.

Henrik Litlere Bentsen


Health & Social Sciences

Research themes

Democracy, Civil Society and Participation
Machine learning

Research Groups

Restructuring of the Public Sector

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In the green? Perceptions of hydrogen production methods among the Norwegian public – Energy Research & Social Science 2023
Beyond the Myth of Legality? Framing Effects and Public Reactions to High Court Decisions in Europe – Comparative Political Studies 2023
Promoting labour market inclusion of the chronically ill: a scoping review of Scandinavian countries’ efforts – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2022
How Docket Control Shapes Judicial Behavior A Comparative Analysis of the Norwegian and Danish Supreme Courts – Journal of Law and Courts 2021
A High Court plays the accordion: Validating Ex Ante case complexity on oral arguments – The Justice System Journal 2021
The Government Deference Dimension of Judicial Decision Making: Evidence from the Supreme Court of Norway – Scandinavian Political Studies 2020
Sivilsamfunnsdeltaking blant innvandrarar i Noreg – Senter for forskning på sivilsamfunn og frivillig sektor 2020
Dissent, Legitimacy, and Public Support for Court Decisions: Evidence from a Survey‐Based Experiment – Law & Society Review 2019
Internasjonalisering, sakskompleksitet og arbeidsmengde i Norges Høyesterett – Lov og Rett 2018
Court Leadership, Agenda Transformation, and Judicial Dissent. A European Case of a "Mysterious Demise of Consensual Norms – Journal of Law and Courts 2018
Høyesterett er politisk – Bergens Tidende 2014
Dissenser i Norges Høyesterett – Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning 2014
Mot en samlet modell for dommeradferd i Høyesterett – Stat og styring 2012
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