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Conference Call for Proposals - Deadline: June 1, 2014

2014 Annual Institute, Society of Policy Scientists, September 25-27, 2014

Call for Proposals

Society of Policy Scientists,
2014 Annual Institute
September 25-27, 2014
Institute Theme: Policy Sciences in Action

In A Preview of Policy Sciences, Harold Lasswell explains that policy scientists are “concerned with mastering the skills appropriate to enlightened decision in the context of processes of public and civic order,” and that we are “searching for an optimum synthesis of the diverse skills that contribute to a dependable theory and practice of problem solving in the public interest.” In the preface to Jurisprudence for a Free Society (student edition), Myres McDougal asserts, “the highest calling of all is to enhance human dignity in appropriate systems of public order.” Clearly, Lasswell and McDougal intended for the policy sciences to be applied. They called on policy scientists to aid decision makers in clarifying goals, identifying trends relative to goals, analyzing the factors causing or contributing to specific trends, projecting the future, and inventing and evaluating policy proposals—alternative actions that may be taken related to the desired results. To ensure that policy scientists would be adequately equipped for these intellectual tasks, Lasswell and McDougal proposed educational training programs devoted to the knowledge and skills needed for better policy (decision) making: contextual thinking, problem orientation, and mastery of diverse methods.

In this year’s Institute, we invite practitioners and academics to demonstrate the policy sciences in action, by sharing their research, practice and examples of how the policy sciences have been useful in applied circumstances to clarify and secure the common interest and enhance human dignity.

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Conference Call for Proposals - Deadline July 11, 2014

South-South Development Cooperation: Chances and Challenges for the International Aid Architecture

"South-South Development Cooperation: Chances and Challenges for the International Aid Architecture" (deadline for proposals: 11th July)

September 26 -27, 2014 Heidelberg University.

Conference Call for Abstracts: Deadline 28 July, 2014

WIPCAD Midterm Conference (4 - 6 December 2014) “Contested Public Organizations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy”

DFG-funded Research Training Group “WIPCAD – Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy”
University of Potsdam, Germany

WIPCAD Midterm Conference (4 - 6 December 2014) “Contested Public Organizations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” Organizations commonly operate under conditions of high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Rapidly changing environments exert pressures to which organizations have to respond in order to gain and maintain legitimacy. Public organizations are particularly exposed to such external demands because they are typically embedded in a complex nexus of stakeholders, which often have inconsistent expectations and are ultimately assessed by political criteria. Emergent tensions may not only destabilize organizational structures and routines, but call into question conventional methods of administration. Contestation occurs in at least three areas of core organizational activity: knowledge use and transfer; internal and external coordination; and strategy building.

The WIPCAD Midterm Conference invites researchers to submit proposals for papers that critically examine the dynamics between environments and organizational core activities. The conference theme focuses on how public organizations deal with changing conditions in terms of: (1) knowledge use and transfer; (2) coordination; and (3) strategy building. How do they react to and/or proactively seek to shape environmental conditions in order to gain legitimacy and maintain effectiveness?

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Conference Call for Abstracts: Deadline 31st October, 2014

30th European Communications Policy Research Conference “New intermediaries in the hyperconnected society”, 23-24 March 2015

Call for Abstracts
30th European Communications Policy Research Conference
“New intermediaries in the hyperconnected society”
23-24 March 2015
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Place du Congrés 1, Brussels (Belgium)

EuroCPR is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance. The format of the conference has deliberately been kept small - with a maximum of 80 participants - favouring quality over quantity and encouraging a high level of interaction.

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline December 12, 2014

Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) Fourth Annual Research Conference

Call for Papers
The Canadian Association for Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Research Conference in Public Management.
Conference Theme: Public Management in Theory and Practice
May 25 - 26, 2015
Glendon College, York University
Toronto, Ontario

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline 15th October, 2014

International Conference on Uncertainty and Policy Design 27-28 November 2014 Chengdu, China

“Agility and Resilience in Policy-Making: Coping with Uncertainty and Ambiguity”
International Conference on Uncertainty and Policy Design 27-28 November 2014 Chengdu, China

Hosted by Center for Public Policy Innovation Studies, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

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Conference Call for Paper Proposals: Deadline 1st December 2014

Conference on Rethinking social issues in Europe in light of the experiences of emerging countries? - IEP, Grenoble

Rethinking social issues in Europe in light of theexperiences of emerging countries?
International and multidisciplinary conference
Grenoble, 10th, 11th and 12th June 2015

The proposed conference aims to foster debate on the impact of globalisation on socialissues, based on findings from old industrialised nations as well as from the so-called“emerging nations”. Emerging nations are characterised by recent and rapid
industrialisation that has led to the emergence of educated middle-class consumers and raised living standards of a section of the working class which now enjoys a position that though precarious, is well above basic survival levels. This industrialisation has also led to structured protest movements that authorities have been able to address through social policies that differ from those implemented in old industrialised nations. Emerging nations have also experienced or maintained an increase in inequality leading to corruption, delinquency or criminalisation which has had an impact on the State’s functioning. Inequality could also give rise to parallel initiatives within civil society which is more efficient in emerging countries; founded on democratic principles, the State in developed countries is still able to efficiently intervene in favour of its citizens.

Conference Call for Panels: Deadline 31st October, 2014

IPA 2015: The Tenth International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis


Tenth International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA), Lille (France) the 8-10 July 2015
University of Lille 2 and Sciences Po Lille. Hosted by the Lille Center for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society (CERAPS, CNRS/Université Lille 2).

IPA 2015 uses a two-stage process. The first call is for the panels. These will be evaluated by the 2015 Scientific Committee. There will then be a call for papers for the panels which would have been approved. Prospective panel chairs should articulate a question, problem or theme which is important or contested, and may have particular relevance to the overall theme of the conference.

The main theme of IPA 2015 is: "Policies and their publics: discourses, actors and power". Panel proposals are encouraged to engage with this theme, but are equally invited to address other themes and issues in the realm of interpretive policy analysis and adjacent fields. Potential panel proposers are encouraged to deploy innovative formats of presentation and interaction beyond classical conference formats.

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Conference Call for Abstracts: 20th October, 2015

Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning (Brussels, 25-26 January)

A research-policy workshop, Brussels 25-26 January


The local capacity to auto-regulate internal conflicts, to avoid (under-)development lock-in and to react to external stimuli is a fundamental challenge for social learning, (multi-level) governance and, in general, local policymaking (Armitage, 2007; Garmendia and Stagl, 2010; Hooghe and Marks, 2003). In this perspective, the idea of ‘knowledge for innovation’ moves beyond the traditional definition of “R&D activities” for technological and market-oriented innovation (Moulaert and Nussbaumer, 2005). The notion of learning region (Hassink, 2005; Lorenzen, 2001; Morgan, 1997; Moulaert and Sekia, 2003) has emerged since the early 1990s, recognising that knowledge is produced, validated, exchanged, translated, and applied in specific territorial contexts where tacit knowledge, local untraded interdependencies and cumulative learning process become key aspects (Antonelli and Quéré, 2002; Gertler, 2003; Storper, 1997). However, a territorial perspective on knowledge for policy learning is still an under-explored dimension.

In the current European political debate the notion of ‘resilience’ has attracted major attention to analyse the territorial capacity to resist and/or recover from economic shocks (Boschma, 2015). From this debate, an emerging issue is the local capacity to promote policy changes, so as to address evolving grand societal challenges through a place-based approach. We propose to focus on policymaking capacities in European metropolitan areas as a key dimension in this process. At the local level, knowledge is a scarce resource in comparison to larger scales, such as national and European ones, where many, and varied, actors are involved. On the other hand, large urban areas are known to be the centre of supra-local knowledge networks, where many producers, users and ‘intermediaries’ are located such as universities, public administrations and emerging players acting as ‘brokers’. This opens a policy challenge to finding effective ways to develop knowledge that is ‘useful’ and ‘usable’ for policymaking and learning.

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Conference Call for Papers: Deadline 31 October, 2015

31st European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) Conference

1st European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) Conference

14-15th March 2016

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrés 1, Brussels
In line with the EuroCPR philosophy, we welcome papers that reflect on the business/policy and policy/legal dimensions of the topics listed above as well as on their societal and economic implications. We welcome papers that *compare policy trends in Europe and other regions of the world*.

EuroCPR invites abstracts for theoretically and empirically grounded papers that reflect critically the developments that are part of the Digital Agenda and the Internal Digital Market and on factors contributing to progress towards EU public policy goals so far.

Please note that also papers that are relevant to the overall conference theme, but not directly related to the suggested themes and topics, will be considered for participation in the conference. All papers will be assessed by a panel of independent reviewers.

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline November 30, 2015

Call for Papers: 2016 Public Policy Network Conference

PPN Conference 2016
Date: 27-29 January 2016

The Public Policy Network (PPN) is an annual meeting of academics from Australia and New Zealand working in the area of public policy. It is based in political science but interdisciplinary in its approach to a wide range of policy issues. There is no formal membership, however, an informal steering group has been formed consisting of the past three Convenors of the annual conference, to ensure some continuity in the academic ethos underlying PPN.

The annual conference is held at the end of January/beginning of February each year. It is a single-stream, relatively informal conference, where participants have the opportunity to present work at either early and mature stages of development. Work of an empirical or case-study nature is welcome, along with contributions that are more conceptual or theoretical in orientation. Some time in the program is set aside for discussion of research agendas, issues associated with policy teaching, and announcements of recent and upcoming publications.

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline November 1, 2015

Third International Conference on Social Policy and Governance Innovation: Guangzhou, China

The School of Public Administration, South China University of Technology (SCUT), the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and the SCUT-TU Delft Joint Research Center for Urban Systems and Environment (USE) are pleased to announce that the Third International Conference on Social Policy and Governance Innovation: Smart and Inclusive Growth in Urbanization.

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Conference Call for Abstracts: Deadline April 15, 2016

EGPA Permanent Study Group XXI - Policy Design and Evaluation

2016 EGPA Annual Conference
24-26 August - Utrecht, Netherlands

Permanent Study Group XXI: Policy Design and Evaluation

Knowledge Utilisation for Policymaking:
Variances between countries and policy sectors

The 2016 Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration will
be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands from 24 to 26 August. The event will be preceded by PhD Symposium on 22 and 23 August.

Workshop Call for Abstracts: Deadline April 15, 2016

EGPA Permanent Study Group XIII on Public Policy - Policy Performance in Context

Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA)
24-26 August, 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The EGPA Permanent Study Group on Public Policy provides a platform for the study of public policy in the context of public administration. Its main purpose is to develop and strengthen the ties between the fields of public administration/public management and political science/public policy by bringing scholars from these fields together. Given this purpose, special attention is given to implementation theory and research.

At the EGPA-website a mission statement of the Permanent Study Group XIII on Public Policy can be found. After a successful launch in 2010 (Toulouse) and a continued range of workshops held in the successive years, the Study Group will have its seventh meeting at the 2016 EGPA conference in Utrecht. The topic of this year’s call for papers concerns the study of policy performance under consideration of the context of the policy processes involved.

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline 15 February, 2016

Interpretive Policy Analysis - 11th International Conference

Interpretive Policy Analysis - 11th International Conference

5-7 July 2016 University of Hull UK

Call for Papers - Deadline 15th February 2016

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Conference Call for Panels: Deadline 12 December, 2016

Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference 2017

Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference
5-7 July 2017
Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Sponsored by the Ideology and Discourse Analysis Programme, Department of Government, University of Essex, UK

IPA 2017: Activism, Populism, and the Future of the Democratic State
There is little doubt that the contemporary condition is marked by a major challenge to accepted values, institutions, styles of policymaking, forms of governance and modes of political engagement. The rise of new political forces and movements has undermined apparently fixed political arrangements (such as the European Union or mainstream political parties), as well as sedimented ideologies and mentalities, such as liberal democracy, globalization or neoliberalism. The global problems of climate change, immigration, wars and uneven economic development have provoked radical movements and activism from the Left and the Right of the spectrum across the globe. They have also bequeathed a series of wicked policy problems of great complexity.

‘Activism’ and ‘populism’, ‘the activist’ and ‘the people’, campaigning and protest, often stand in opposition to the ethos, practices and processes of policy-making and governance. Technocratic appeals to expertise, the hierarchical design of participatory forums, and the coercive dynamics of collaborative spaces have all encouraged the drawing of sharp boundaries between policy, the state and activism. For many observers, these boundaries appear to have hardened, leading to new forms of campaigning and popular protest. Yet, at the same time, the ‘accepted realities’ of activism are also called into question. Different types of activism are increasingly recognised within the state apparatus, which are driven in part by individuals working at the borders of the state and civil society. Equally, innovative forms of co-production are arguably forging new alliances between state institutions and lay experts as shifting coalitions come together to address societal challenges such as climate change, mobility or social cohesion. Indeed, such reflections are challenging traditional models of the academic, calling for new ways of engaging with communities under the banner of the academic-activist.
With these debates in mind, IPA 2017 aims to trigger a dialogue to critically evaluate existing conceptions of activism and populism within the policy process. It seeks to question what we mean by ‘activism’ and ‘activists’, ‘populism’ and ‘the people’, and their impact on governance, policymaking and capitalist democracies in different contexts. It also aims to grapple with the array of public controversies that have recently surfaced in contemporary politics and society, while inquiring into the emergence of alternative visions, imaginaries and policy styles. Here the conference plans to assess the potentialities of innovative forms of democratic policymaking and political engagement in harnessing and channelling the new forces at play.

The organisers of the 12th international conference on interpretive policy analysis are pleased to invite proposals for panels. We welcome panels that address the broad themes of the conference or issues across the range of approaches associated with interpretive policy analysis.

Conference Call for Papers: Deadline 1 December 2016

Inaugural ​Conference of the Asia-Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN), Chiang-Mai, Thailand, February 10-11, 201​7​.

Following-up from the original organizing meeting in Hong Kong in June, the first Asia-Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) Inaugural ​Conference will be held at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai Thailand, February 10-11, 2017.

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Conference Call for Papers: Deadline 9th January, 2017

6th Annual CAPPA Research Conference - May 16-17, 2017 University of Manitoba

The Canadian Association for Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) is pleased to announce its sixth annual Research Conference in Public Administration, Policy, and Management.

The 150th anniversary of Confederation provides an opportunity for public administration researchers to examine the history, construction, processes, people, and issues of public administration, management, and policy in Canada. In the geographic centre of Canada, public administration researchers will come together to address some of the key questions, including:

* What are the critical issues facing public administration in Canada moving ahead? How can public administration research inform these issues?

* How do citizens’ attitudes about public administration shape decision-making and implementation in federal/provincial/territorial/local/Indigenous public services?

* Are there any emerging strategies, interventions, instruments, techniques and tools that practitioners and governments in Canada (federal, provincial, territorial, local, Indigenous) are using to address public problems? Is academic research informing these discussions effectively?

* How is public administration and management in the provinces and territories evolving?

* How are relationships evolving between governments, private sector, and civil society actors? How are these changes affecting the way public administration is done in Canada?

* How is/can public administration in Canada changing/change to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population?

* In what ways are Indigenous approaches to governance shaping traditional public administration and governance in Canada?

* How can public administration schools and programs meet the teaching and mentorship needs of a diversifying student population?

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