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About us

The Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism addresses core themes in the social sciences by examining the government’s use of power towards its citizens, and the justifications of state interventions into people’s lives.

Research at the centre is comparative – between nations, systems and individuals, and includes researchers across the world. The PI professor Skivenes has recently been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

The Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism is located at the Department of Administration and Organization theory, University of Bergen. The centre is connected to the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (UiB/CMI), and is involved in research collaboration at FAIR – Center for excellence (Norwegian Business School), as well as with the research group Law, Democracy and Welfare (Western Norway University of Applied Science).

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