Party affiliation: Socialist Left Party
Board member, Norwegian Committee on South Africa, 1961-1962. International Secretary and Board member. Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons, 1962-1964.
Chairman, Socialist Youth Association, 1964-1965. Central Board member. Socialist Peoples Party, 1966-1968.
Chairman, Oslo Socialist Peoples Party, 1970-1971. Member, Oslo Town Council, 1972-1976. Board member, Norwegian UNESCO Commission, 1977-1981.
Member, of several committees and boards, Norwegian Association, for Authors, 1980-1983. Leader, Socialist Left Party, 1983-1987. Member of Storting, since 1985.
Member, Nordic Council, 1987-1989. Member, Council of Europe, since 1989. Leader, Standing Committee for Education, Research, Media and Culture, 199I-.
Assistant Professor, in Political Science, University of Oslo, 1969-1972. Assistant Professor, in Sociology, University of Oslo, 1972-1975. Assistant Professor, in Social Science, Sagene Teachers Training College, Oslo, 1975-1983.