Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

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


Former 2020/2021 Social Sciences - Law


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.


  • Beckman, Ludvig
    Professor Stockholm University 2020/2021
  • Chambers, Simone
    Professor University of California, Irvine 2020/2021
  • Christensen, Johan
    Assistant Professor Leiden University 2020/2021
  • Conte, Sebastian
    PhD Candidate University of Oslo (UiO) 2020/2021
  • Dowding, Keith
    Professor Australian National University 2020/2021
  • Feiring, Eli
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2020/2021
  • Fossheim, Hallvard
    Professor University of Bergen (UiB) 2009/2010, 2020/2021
  • Gundersen, Torbjørn
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2020/2021
  • Hegstad, Eilev
    PhD Candidate Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) 2020/2021
  • Huseby, Robert
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2020/2021
  • Isaksen, Thea
    PhD Candidate UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) 2020/2021
  • Nordrum, Jon Christian Fløysvik
    Associate Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2020/2021
  • Teigen, Mari
    Researcher Institute for Social Research 2020/2021

Previous events


Group leader

  • Jakob Elster

    Title Associate Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2020/2021
  • Cathrine Holst

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2020/2021