• Universitetsvej 1, 25.3

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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Personlig profil


If there is a common thread in my work and interests it might be legitimacy, or rather legitimation, in the sense of undertanding how certain policies, instruments and ways of thinking become accepted by experts, politicians and laymen and change over time as well as differ from one setting to another. The gradual but radical transformations of social and labour markets policies since the beginning of the 1990s up to this moment have and continues to be my paradigmatic case.

My thinking, and thus my work, takes inspiration from several disciplines and research fields. First, I have a long-standing interest in social theory. There are many others but Foucault and the French pragmatic sociology are my key sources of inspiration that have shaped my approach to power, morality and politics in general.

Second, my empirical interest in transformations of social and labour market policy naturally places some of my research within comparative political economy. I have in-depth knowledge of this field in both France and Denmark as well as at the EU level and contributed to the debate on the role of ideas in driving policy changes by bringing in insights from pragmatic sociology and my recent book, The moral economy of activation, applies same insights to engage (critically) with the comparative literature on welfare models.

Third, I have an interest in public administration and governance. This interest is central to the two research projects I am engaged in currently. In TROPICO that we are currently preparing we investigate accountability patterns in the collaborative governance of long-term unemployed persons across five European countries. I continue to be fascinated by governing through numbers, such as benchmarking and categorisation. In HECAT (starting Feb 2020) we are going to explore the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence in labour market decicion-making in public employment services.

I am decidedly a qualitative scholar with in-depth experience in document analysis and interviews and using the software nVivo for coding. In terms of methodology and methods, I am particularly interested in what it implies to carry out 'critical' research as well how to develop quality criteria for qualitative research.


  • Arbejdsmarked
  • Offentlig administration, styring og forvaltning
  • Velfærdsstat, Velfærdssamfund

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Foucault and Neoliberalism with Magnus Paulsen Hansen: Fully Automated Podcast

Hansen, M. P., 27 apr. 2020

Publikation: Bidrag der ikke har en tekstformLyd og/eller billed produktion (digital)Formidling

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Breaking: Djøferen er den moderne fyrste

Hansen, M. P., 21 aug. 2019, I : Eftertryk Magasin.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftAnmeldelseForskning

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Legitimation as justification: Foregrounding public philosophies in explanations of gradual ideational change

Bidragets oversatte titel: Legitimering som retfærdiggørelse: Fremhævelsen af offentlige filosofier i forklaringer af gradvise idémæssige forandringerCarstensen, M. B. & Hansen, M. P., 1 maj 2019, I : European Journal of Political Research. 58, 2, s. 582-602

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

The moral economy of activation: Ideas, politics and policies

Hansen, M. P., 11 sep. 2019, Bristol: Policy Press. 238 s. (Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy).

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskningpeer review

Det ”sociale” og arbejdets værd(ier) i sociale virksomheder

Hansen, M. P., apr. 2018, Komparative analyser af dansk socialøkonomi: Sorgfrit udkomme & timeligt velvære?. Sørensen, K. I. & Lund, A. B. (red.). Copenhagen Business School, s. 111-124 14 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til rapportForskning

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  • 2 Igangværende


  • 5 Foredrag og mundtlige bidrag
  • 1 Medlemskab af forskningsnetværk

Aktiveringes moralske økonomi

Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Oplægsholder)

3 feb. 2020

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

The Moral Economy of Activation - lessons from Denmark and France

Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Oplægsholder)

17 okt. 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Aktiveringens moral - oplæg på Christiansborg

Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Oplægsholder)

16 dec. 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Aktiveringens moralske økonomi

Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Oplægsholder)

29 okt. 2019

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Network for Pragmatic and Moral Sociology (Ekstern organisation)

Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Medlem), , Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen (Medlem), , Nicole Thualagant (Medlem), , Martin Severin Frandsen (Medlem), & Clara Ina Severin Steensen (Medlem)

2018 → …

Aktivitet: MedlemsskabMedlemskab af forskningsnetværk