Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

What is a Good Policy? Political Morality, Feasibility, and Democracy (GOODPOL)

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Active 2020/2021 Social Sciences - Law

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Disagreement over policy is the normal state of politics. How we approach such disputes and which policy decisions we make are decisive for the distribution of benefits and burdens in society. This makes the task of assessing policies crucial, yet complex. Good policies should reflect what we believe to be right. At the same time they must be feasible, and the result of democratic processes.

GOODPOL will bring together philosophers and social scientists to make political philosophy that is applicable and sensitive to democratic concerns, and policy assessments that are conceptually adequate and in proper touch with moral requirements.

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