The research project on Democracy and Power in Denmark was launched after an initiative by the Danish Parliament. The purpose was to analyze the state of the Danish democracy at the entrance to the 21st century.
In 1994, the Danish Parliament formed a special committee "regarding an analysis of democracy and power in Denmark." The committee issued a report in the spring of 1997 in which a majority of the committee members recommended a Danish democracy and power study. The report stipulated that the duration of the Democracy and Power Study would be 5-7 years and that it should be headed by an independent steering committee consisting of active researchers.
According to the report, the purpose of the Democracy and Power Study was to examine:
On this background the steering committee started research projects in the following areas (details of the numerous subprojects are available from the project website):