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Lessons from local media elections

A democratic experiment in the lead up to the local Danish elections. Exploring ways that the news media, candidates and citizens can play a more constructive role in the election process.

Can a democratic election deal with ideas, visions and plan for a better future? Or do media attention and political focus in debates really need to find inspiration from boxing and warfare?


– Ulrik Haagerup, CEO, Constructive Institute

Previously Constructive Institute led a series of "Democracy Debates" bringing panels of journalists and politicians together to share their frustrations at the toxic cycle of media and politics and address the concerns of citizens. The Good Fight builds on these events.

Former Danish secretary of State, Villy Søvndal meeting political reporters in Southern Denmark to share views on the conflict culture in media and politics. “We are in the middle of a Death Dance towards Hell”, the candidate for mayor in Kolding said.
The project has 3 key elements
  • Workshops for news reporters in each of the five regions of Denmark -key facts, voters’ views and tips and tricks on constructive election coverage.
  • Democratic bootcamps for all political candidates in Aarhus and Randers – how to debate difficult priorities in a constructive way.
  • Three major public debates with local news organisations Jyllands-Posten and Aarhus Stiftstidende and the Folkeuniversitetet – can the incentive structure in a political debates be changed?

Our Partners

Constructive Institute is partnering with a number of great organisations in order to realise this project. These include Local Government Denmark KL, The Danish National Statistical Office,  market research company Epinion and regional #dkmedia all over the country.


Research Insights on Danish news consumers

Constructive Institute comissioned Danish analytics company Epinion to conduct an independent and representative study on “news experiences and opinions” among more than 2000 Danish citizens.

Epinion Report