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About the programme

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Denmark is well-known as a redistributive and competent state. Danes have high trust in state institutions that are characterised by low corruption and equal access to justice. This competent state – in collaboration with decentralised administrative units and civil society organisations – ensures citizens a high level of social and economic security; documented also by Denmark being one of the most equal societies in the world. The Danish welfare state contributes to this end by providing encompassing and inclusive social policies that are financed through a broad-based tax system.

Thus, rule of law and redistribution are essential attributes to the Danish state and vital sources to a society based on trust, equality, well-being and happiness. At SDU we want to share our knowledge of and lessons from the Danish experiences in order to support societal institutions elsewhere in building just societies. In order to do this, the JUST SOCIETY programme aims to design and develop courses in dialogue with partner institutions in the Global South.

At SDU we want to share our knowledge of and lessons from the Danish experience in order to support societal institutions elsewhere in building just societies. In order to do this, the JUST SOCIETY programme aims to design and develop courses in dialogue with partner institutions in the Global South.

JUST SOCIETY, 2020

Course packages are to provide research-based teaching on the state’s role in developing a just society, broadly speaking. The course packages are to be flexible and targeted to specific partner institutions but could include modules such as: social policy and taxation as mechanisms of redistribution and inclusiveness; building of a fair and competent public administration; public systems that respect gender and minority rights and enhance equality across groups; just and equal legal systems; institutions protecting citizens’ rights (i.e. Ombudsman or legal aid institutions) etc.

While the Danish state is often regarded - in Fukuyama's words - as an 'ideal state', we do not suggest of other countries to be like Denmark. 

JUST SOCIETY, 2020

The JUST SOCIETY programme is managed by the Departments of Political Science and Law at the SDU and draws on strong expertise in public administration, comparative public policy, and legal research based in these departments. Dialogue and partnerships will however be essential elements in designing and implementing the programme. International partners will be included already in the early stages of developing course packages of relevance to the challenges experienced in their specific country contexts, while relevant Danish institutions and organisations will be drawn in to provide expertise and to create networks across implementing organisations in Denmark and partner countries.

In addition, Danish and International partner institutions have the opportunity to build research-based projects with the SDU programme team that enhances our knowledge of creating just societies across the world.

SDG 1. No poverty SDG. 5. Gender equality SDG 8. Decent work and economic growth
SDG 10. Reduced inequalities SDG 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals

The JUST SOCIETY programme is managed by the Departments of Political Science and Law at the SDU and draws on strong expertise in public administration, comparative public policy, and legal research based in these departments. Dialogue and partnerships will however be essential elements in designing and implementing the programme. International partners will be included already in the early stages of developing course packages of relevance to the challenges experienced in their specific country contexts, while relevant Danish institutions and organisations will be drawn in to provide expertise and to create networks across implementing organisations in Denmark and partner countries.

In addition, Danish and International partner institutions have the opportunity to build research-based projects with the SDU programme team that enhances our knowledge of creating just societies across the world.

Video on Just Society (in Danish)

Short description of Just Society explained by programme manager Marianne S. Ulriksen

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