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NORWEGIAN POLITICS (BTNN) - BACK ISSUES
2008
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N320 Friday, 19 December 2008
The Energy Maze
  • SV also the Energy Extremist
  • Energy Maze Will Deepen if Smaller Parties Get Their Will
  • All Parties Want Green Certificates, but Contents Differ
  • Strong Differences on CCS, Fuel Policies
  • Conservatives/Progress Party: Good Intentions, Inconsistent Policies
  • Enhanced Efficiency Still Possible If Creativity Is Added
  • Small Opening for more Hydro Power
N319 Thursday, 18 December 2008
Climate Policy Division Lines
  • Climate: SV the most Isolated Party
  • Main Division Line between Smaller and Larger Parties
  • SV to Use Climate Policy for Socialism
  • Reminder that Others Should Reconsider Their Mitigation Policies
  • Differences between Conservatives and Progress Party Reconcilable
  • Both Can Easily Join Forces with Labour
  • Conservatives Align Reality Perception to Facts
  • A new Three-Party Climate Deal Would Express Democracy Better
N318 Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Tax Commission for Growth
  • Conservatives Want Dynamic Tax Commission
  • Formal Motion Tabled in Parliament
  • Cites Norwegian, International Research
  • Should Get Full Non-Socialist Support
  • Presents a Tactical Dilemma to the Red-Greens
N317 Friday, 12 September 2008
Defusing the Tax Bomb
  • Balanced Strategy Required
  • Welfare Improvements Must Be Contained
  • Taxes Could and Should be Cut Soon
  • Decade Should Be Used to Test New Tax Systems
  • Fiscal "Action Rule" Should Be Amended
  • State Must become Cheaper and More Efficient
  • A Lot to Do in a Very Short Time
  • Only Three National Elections Left
N316 Thursday, 11 September 2008
A Treacherous Decade
  • Statistics Norway Forecasts State Finances
  • Increased Immigration Improves Demographic Profile
  • Young/Old Ratio to Improve before Deteriorating
  • Huge Financial Room Until 2020
  • Could be more than NOK 200 Bn
  • Costs to Climb Rapidly Post-2020
  • Welfare Instead of Tax Cuts Will Cause Tax Shock Towards 2050
  • Opportunity to Do Much Better or Much Worse
N315 Friday, 25 July 2008
Profitable Nature
  • Natural Resource Curse Theories Debunked
  • Resource Based Economies Often Very Innovative
  • May Require More Complex Innovation Systems
  • Path Dependence, Linkages Important
  • Better Understanding Required for Full National Advantages
N314 Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Voodoo Reconfirmed
  • New Labour/Tax Response Model from Statistics Norway
  • 56% of Static Revenue Loss from 2006 Reform Recovered
  • Adds Payroll, Indirect Tax Effects to Labour Response
  • Elasticities Falling Only Slowly with Growing Income
  • Macro Feed-Back from Growth Not Yet Included
  • Neither is TFP Impact from Improved Incentives
  • Self-Employed, Young, Old not yet Modelled
  • Long-Term Structural Changes Could Enhance Effects
N313 Tuesday, 3 June 2008
May Polls
  • May Polls Show Red-Greens in Strong Decline
  • Will Require Non-Socialist Government
  • Several Good Scores for Conservatives + Progress Party
  • Average Joint Score 44%, Range 41-47%
  • Nine Seats, Approx. 5%, Away from Clean Majority
N312 Thursday, 22 May 2008
"Big" Coalition?
  • Former Conservative Minister Suggests Lab/Con Coalition
  • Objective to Take Norway into the EU
  • Voters Tired of Non-Socialist Quarreling
  • Solberg: Far-Fetched
  • Stoltenberg: Will Disguise Contradictions
  • Sponheim: Won't Get a Majority
  • Høybråten: Main Opponents Can't be United
  • Not Good for Democracy
N311 Tuesday, 20 May 2008
A Pure Blue Option?
  • Poll Says Conservatives, Progress Party Close to Majority
  • Researcher: Clear Government Option Could Boost Support
  • Conservatives: Option Not Excluded
  • Progress Party: Must Be Defined as Desirable
  • Investor Promises Financial Support from Industry
  • Conservatives/Progress Party Complementary for Value Creation
N310 Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Missing Link
  • Conservative Party Brushes up Principles
  • Closes no Doors for Next Government
  • Warnings about Lacking Focus on Business & Industry
  • The Missing Link between Principles and Policies
  • Should Set the Agenda Rather than Responding to It
N309 Monday, 21 April 2008
Ambiguity and Contradiction
  • Christians Release Draft Election Platform
  • Ambiguous about Tax
  • Contradictory about Northern E&P
  • "Gas Blocks" Only to Be Offered for Licensing
  • "Stabile" Oil and Gas Production "at Lower Level"
  • Full Protection of Barents Etc.
  • But Promises Exploitation of High North Resources, Local Spin-Offs
  • Platform Designed for Full Political Manoeuvrability
N308 Saturday, 29 March 2008
Hidden Innovation
  • New Research Confirms Norway's Hidden Innovation
  • Same Bias Observed in the UK
  • Knowledge Bridging Beats Formalized Innovation
  • Process Innovation Has Been Under-Evaluated
  • Innovation in Service Industries also Under-Evaluated
  • Three Main Modes of Innovation
  • Patents Poor Indicator of Innovation Persistence
  • Large Firms More Persistent Innovators
  • Technological Diversity Enhances Innovation
  • HR Management Supports Knowledge Management
N307 Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Norwegian Paradox
  • Poor Norwegian Score on European Innovation Scoreboard
  • Contradicts Fairly Good Long-Term Productivity Performance
  • Innovation in Major Clusters Very Poorly Captured by Scoreboard
  • Tacit Knowledge Evasive and Hard to Measure
  • Cluster Exclusion and Irrelevance Reasons for "Norwegian Paradox"
  • Scoreboard Also Captures Real Advantages and Deficiencies
  • But Fails Test of Comparison with Productivity
  • More Relevant as Indicator for Weak Points than for National Differences
N306 Monday, 21 January 2008
The Defeats
  • Two Biggest Reduction Demands Rejected as Unrealistic
  • Demands on New Offshore Electrification Policy Dropped
  • Demands on New Large Carbon Capture Projects Dropped
  • Irresponsible Demands to Accelerate Kårstø/Mongstad Dropped
  • Already Buried "Value Chain" Buried Again
  • Good Idea for Capture Technology Incentives Too Late
  • Many Other Expensive and Redundant Demands Rejected
N305 Monday, 21 January 2008
The Victories
  • Climate Agreement Opening for "Neutrality" in 2030
  • Rain Forest Protection, But Not as a Unilateral Policy
  • More R&D for Renewables, but at High Cost for Petroleum
  • New Negotiations with Sweden on Green Certificates
  • But Swedes May Not Be Ready in Time
  • More Likely Option is to Increase Norwegian Subsidies
N304 Monday, 21 January 2008
Climate Deal
  • Present and Former Coalition Parties Make Climate Deal
  • Stoltenberg: Should Survive Changing Governments
  • Solheim: New Reports and New Issues Coming up Every Day
  • Greens: The Fight Must Go On
  • Stoltenberg's Philosophy that Few Understand
  • Should Have Been Supported by the Conservatives
  • But Much of It Included in Final Agreement
  • Can We Hope for Populism and Overbidding to Cease?

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