The research of JUST SOCIETY focuses on the nexus of social, legal and political institutions that influence the implementation of the rule of law, access to justice and redistributive public services and benefits in a Global South context. It brings together perspectives from law, political science, and sociology to deepen the understanding street-level encounters between individuals and state actors responsible for redistributive public services and benefits in developing a just society.
Applying a bottom-up perspective, we will explore individuals’ experiences with access to justice and public service and benefits through qualitative field research to identify social needs and challenges. This is combined with a top-down approach studying the organization of welfare services in both Global North and Global South settings with focus on legal frameworks, policies, and procedures.
Together, these perspectives will provide nuanced observations of how the formal frameworks are implemented and practiced at street-level by state actors as well as the impact hereof on the individuals that meet them. The aim is to improve the understanding of how to strengthen responsible, accountable and inclusive institutions that support the rule of law and equal access to welfare.