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Professor Marit Skivenes


Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, University of Bergen, Norway



Prof. Marit Skivenes is recognised as a leading expert in the field of child protection systems, with numerous publications in well-regarded journals. She is also a popular lecturer and a widely used expert by the media. Skivenes is the Head of the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, and the Principal Investigator of several international research projects. Skivenes heads the commission for the Official Norwegian Report on improved quality and legal protection in child protection (2021-2023).



Burns, K., Pösö, T. and Skivenes, M. (eds.). (2016) Child Welfare Removals by the State: A Cross-Country Analysis of Decision-Making Systems. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 272 pages. ISBN: 9780190459567.

Gilbert, N., Parton N. and Skivenes, M. (eds.) (2011). Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Emerging Orientations. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 257 pages. ISBN: 9780199793358.

Archard, D. Skivenes, M (2009) Balancing a child's best interests and a child's views. The International Journal of Children's Rights 17 (1), 1-21.


Argumentation Theory, Child Protection, Child Welfare Systems, Decision-making, Deliberative Democracy, Discretion, Paternalism, Political Theory, Public Administration, Whistle-blowing
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