1. Anders Molander & Gaute Torsvik (2015). Getting People Into Work: What Can Justify Mandatory Activation of Welfare Recipients? Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (2).
    So-called activation policies aiming at bringing jobless people into work have been a central component of welfare reforms across OECD countries during the last decades. Such policies combine restrictive and enabling programs, but their characteristic feature is that enabling programs are also mandatory, and non-compliers are sanctioned. There are four main arguments that can be used to defend mandatory activation of benefit recipients. We label them efficiency, sustainability, paternalism, and justice. Each argument is analysed in turn. First we clarify which (...)
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  2. Anders Molander, Harald Grimen & Erik Oddvar Eriksen (2012). Professional Discretion and Accountability in the Welfare State. Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (3):214-230.
    The discretionary powers of welfare state professionals are in tension with the requirements of the democratic Rechtsstaat. Extensive use of discretion can threaten the principles of the rule of law and relinquish democratic control over the implementation of laws and policies. These two tensions are in principle ineradicable. But does this also mean that they are impossible to come to grips with? Are there measures that may ease these tensions? We introduce an understanding of discretion that adds an epistemic dimension (...)
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  3. Cathrine Hoist Grimen, Anders Molander & Torben Hviid Nielsen (2005). Science Studies and Moral Challenges. SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 6 (2).
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