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Two-year post doc in political science

Deadline: 01.09.2020

BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School is ranked among the top business schools in Europe combining internationally recognized research and a wide range of educational offerings from bachelor to master and doctoral degree programmes as well as executive programmes. BI’s mission is to build the knowledge economy by empowering people and improving business. BI has 20 000 students, more than 300 000 alumni, and a number of academic and business partnerships and networks both nationally and internationally. BI holds the three most prestigious international quality accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. BI is organised as an independent foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All profits are used to strengthen BI's academic- and learning environment.

The Department of Law and Governance has a position open for a postdoctoral researcher for the project Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state? (ReConnect). The project begins on November 1, 2020, and runs for two years. The position covers the full project period.

The ReConnect project

The ReConnect project’s main theme is the role of the administrative state in democratic governance in an age where citizen trust and state-citizen connections have declined. Over the past two decades, a rise in citizens’ disillusionment with the administrative state has been linked both to the rise of populism and demands for more majoritarian policies, and to demands for policies designed for specific minority groups. In both cases, the result has been disillusionment with non-majoritarian public administration and calls for more responsive state institutions.

The project will investigate both the causes of decline in trust, and political and administrative responses. It aims to establish a sustained European collaborative research agenda on the administrative state and initiatives to re-connect citizens with the state, and produce world-leading academic and high-impact practice-related publications to contribute to advance understanding of the administrative state in Europe and provide for recommendations for policy innovation. The partners include the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London, Leiden University, and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

The tasks of the Post Doc

The project approaches the administrative state from the constitutional, regulatory, enabling, consumer-protecting, and consulting administrative state, each of which is the subject of one work package. BI is the lead institution for the constitutional administrative state work package, but the Post Doc position involves work across all the work packages, in collaboration with the four other partners. Interest in working across these connected work packages within a unified comparative framework is therefore essential.

The work will include both analysis of publicly available data (Eurobarometer) and existing datasets (including data from the Comparative Manifestos Project), and collection of new data. The project will conduct (approximately four) focus groups in the countries involved in the study, covering the five above-mentioned dimensions of the administrative state, as well as interviews perception and institutional change in the five different administrative state dimension; and collect new data on changes in the formal and informal institutions of administrative agencies. Each country team will play the role of country experts, and conduct interviews and gather data for both their own work package and other work packages. The work therefore requires fluent command of Norwegian (or Danish/Swedish) and English.

The BI Department of Law and Governance

With its approximately 20,000 students and 400 faculty members, BI is Europe’s second largest business school, and is Norway's largest supplier of economic and administrative professionals. BI is the only Norwegian “Triple Crown” school, holding 3 of the most important accreditations for a business school with international ambitions: the European EQUIS, the American AACSB, and the British AMBA. About 90 of an approximate 15,500 business schools globally can pride themselves on a Triple Crown status.

The Department of Law and Governance has an ambition to increase its impact both nationally and internationally. The Department is responsible for courses at Bachelor, Master of Science, MBA and Executive Level and is currently home to about 40 full-time academic faculty and 5 PhD students. The Department has recently established a Center for Center for Sustainability and Energy, which promotes sustainable development through research, teaching and active cooperation with other academic institutions, the business community, governmental bodies and NGOs.

Qualifications and application procedure

We are looking for a candidate with strong research capabilities and the ambition to advance the field with publications in top international journals. The candidate should demonstrate solid teaching skills. Practical experience from private or public practice is also highly valued. Applicants must have completed a PhD degree by September 1, 2020.

The position offers membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

BI will place emphasis on whether applicants have cooperated with the business sector and/or the public sector, including R&D work, research dissemination and research-based advisory services. Weight will be attached to international work experience in the field of economics and business administration.

The project proposal will be evaluated by the Department Council. Applicants may be called for an interview or seminar presentation. The position will only be filled if qualified candidates are identified.

Women are encouraged to apply.

The following documents must be submitted electronically;

  • Covering letter, explaining interest in the project and research plans.
  • An updated CV (including a complete list of publications and doctoral course work), and the name of two people BI can contact for academic references.
  • Formal documentation of highest obtained academic degree and other particularly relevant education.
  • Any additional information and/or documentation of other activities that may be of significance for evaluating the applicant’s qualifications can also be submitted.

Work and/or documentation may not be submitted after the deadline, September 1 2020

Additional information about the position can be obtained by contacting the:

  • Principal Investigator for the BI team, Prof Nick Sitter, by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone +47 4641 0593

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