Law, Democracy and Welfare
Law, Democracy and Welfare is one of the research groups at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, and is a part of the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation.
Law, Democracy and Welfare focuses 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 and the normative fundament for the welfare state.
Our current projects collect data from all regions of the world, with an emphasis on Africa, the Americas and Europe.
The essence of democratic backsliding in the European Union: deliberation and rule of law
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.