Law, Democracy and Welfare (LDW)
Law, Democracy and Welfare is one of the research groups at the Department, and includes two large research initiatives: Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (Director: Prof. Marit Skivenes) and Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Director: Prof. Siri Gloppen).
In the research group we focus on the relationship between the state and its citizens, especially the exercise of state power and the justifications thereof. Key research themes include how governmental institutions and its decision makers functions in society; how law shapes societies and if and how rights and courts are tools for social change; and what affects the populations views on core institutions – national and supra-national- and their outputs. Other important research themes are decision makers use of discretion and paternalism, strategies of legitimacy, the normative fundament for the welfare state and the backlash on key democratic rights across the globe.
Our current projects collect data from all regions of the world, with an emphasis on Europe, the Americas and Africa.
Our group meetings take place on Thursdays from 14.15-15.45.
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.
The Law, Democracy and Welfare Research Group hold responsibility for the Master's course AORG325: Discretion and Paternalism. The course is interdiciplinary, and open for students at the Faculties of Social Sciences, Psychology and Law. The course will not be held spring 2021.
Interested researchers and students can contact research group leader Prof. Marit Skivenes.