DIPA (Discretion and Paternalism)
DIPA is one of the research groups at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, and is part of the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism.
DIPA focuses on the relationship between the state and its citizens, especially the exercise of state power and the justifications thereof. Key research themes include discretion, paternalism, strategies of legitimacy, policymaking, globalization, childrens rights and welfare systems.
Our current projects collect data from Africa and the Americas, as well as Europe.
Our group meetings take place on Thursdays from 14.15-15.45. Master’s students are welcome to all meetings. You can find this semester’s program here.
Some of the meetings are organized as a collaboration between the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, the Centre on Law and Social Transformation and the research group "Law, Democracy and Welfare"Western Norway University College.
From spring 2019, the DIPA Research Group will hold responsibility for the new Master's course AORG325: Discretion and Paternalism. The course is interdiciplinary, and open for students at the Faculties of Social Sciences, Psychology and Law.
Interested researchers and students can contact research group leader Prof. Marit Skivenes.