Call for full panels and individual papers
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2014
3 - 6 September 2014, University of Glasgow
Call for papers
The EGPA Permanent Study Group on EU Administration and Multilevel Governance (PSG 14) invites papers for the next EGPA Annual Conference
Speyer, Germany: 10-12 September 2014.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Annual Meeting of the Forum of Young State, Public Policy and Administration Scholars (FoJuS), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
27th - 28th November 2014
Young scholars from public administration, public management, organization research, policy analysis, comparative politics and adjacent fields are cordially invited to submit paper abstracts for this year’s Annual Meeting of the Forum of Young State, Public Policy and Administration Scholars (FoJuS), the network for young scholars of the Standing Group on Policy Analysis and Public Administration of the German Political Science Association. 27th - 28th November 2014 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Politics and bureaucracy under pressure: stability and change
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.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
12th International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum and JCPA Workshop
24-27 September, 2014
Institute of Political Science, WWU Muenster, Germany
Convener: Klaus Schubert
The Role of Theory in Comparative Policy Analysis
Abstract deadline: June 10th, 2014
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Moshe Maor and Jale Tosun invite you to submit a paper proposal for the workshop on the Politics of Non-Proportionate Policy Response, which will take place as part of the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, at the University of Warsaw, Poland, from 29 March - 2 April 2015.
Registration for paper proposals will open on August 1, 2014, and close on December 1, 2014.
CALL FOR PAPERS
"South-South Development Cooperation: Chances and Challenges for the International Aid Architecture" (deadline for proposals: 11th July)
September 26 -27, 2014 Heidelberg University.
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?
The Causes and Consequences of Private Governance: The Changing Roles of State and Private Actors 6 – 7 November, 2014 in Mannheim, Germany.
A conference hosted by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and co-sponsored by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) within the Action IS1309 “Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects (INOGOV)”
Global Conference on Public Policy and Administration University of Riverside
PROGRAM & CALL FOR PAPERS
December 5-6, 2014 Los Angeles (Metro)
The organizing committee of the Global Conference on Public Policy and Social Sciences invites all government officers, practitioners, researcher, academics, professionals, students and those interested to participate in attending the forthcoming with the theme EMERGING ISSUES IN PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION.
The themes of this conference are concerned with the emerging issues in the contemporary society. Some of the key challenges of the present include security, civil society, environment and sustainability, leadership and legitimacy.
The academic community, government, business community and civil society must rise to these challenges. The challenges for all are to reconsider their ways of thinking and this must be reflected in government policies and actions.
This gives rise to the ethical dimension of the current discussions in economics, politics and social. They are vital in tackling these challenges, and achieving the right balance between economic growth, environmental protection, and high quality of life for citizens. A comprehensive policy response to these issues needs to cut across societal level.
CALL FOR PAPERS
EXPERTISE AND EVIDENCE IN PUBLIC POLICY (Panel F101)
2015 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (IRSPM) CONFERENCE
(University of Birmingham, 30 March - 1 April 2015)
Deadline for paper proposals: 15 October
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.
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
CALL FOR PAPERS
“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
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.
CALL FOR PANELS
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.
Call for papers
2015 EGPA Annual Conference
of the European Group for Public Administration
Toulouse, August 26-28, 2015
Permanent Study Group XIV
EU Administration and Multilevel Governance
The EGPA Permanent Study Group on EU Administration and Multilevel Governance (PSG 14) invites papers for the next EGPA Annual Conference in Speyer, 10-12 September 2014. This year the PSG pays specific attention to Repercussions of multilevel administration: impacts on practices, national organisations and normative orders. Besides discussing papers of high quality falling within the general research focus of the permanent study group, we will dedicate a substantial part of our annual conference to this focal theme.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PROPOSALS
Policy and Politics Conference 2015: "’Democracy, Inequality and Power:
Redefining Classic Concepts for the Twenty-First Century’"
September 15-16, 2015, Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol
Call for Panels deadline: 23rd February, 2015
Call for Papers deadline: 1st May, 2015
Annual APSA Conference 2015
The Annual APSA Conference is hosted by a different university each year. Next year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Canberra from 28-30 September 2015 with the usual postgraduate Workshop on Sunday 27 September.
Panels in Public Policy Stream:
The future of public policy research and it relationship to political science
Knowledge, technology and engagement in governance
Open policy studies panel
CALL FOR PAPERS: GIGAPP Sixth International Conference in Government, Administration and Public Policy "New paths for governance in Ibero-America"
(Madrid, Spain. September 29 - October 02, 2015)
The Research Group/Network in Government, Public Administration and Public Policy (GIGAPP in Spanish) is now accepting paper proposals to Sixth International GIGAPP Conference 2015. We welcome manuscripts from scholars, civil servants, PhD students, practitioners and Civil society organizations on topics relevant to public policy, program implementation and evaluation research and public sector reform (mainly from Latin American Countries as well as from Spain and Portugal).
The Call for Submissions for the 24th World Congress of Political Science is now open!
Please note that the Call for Papers will open on August 7, 2015. Currently, paper proposals may be submitted to closed panels only, by invitation from the panel convenor.
Here are the important deadlines:
Deadline to submit a open panel: 8 JUL 2015
Deadline to submit an closed panel: 7 OCT 2015
Deadline for paper submission: 7 OCT 2015
Please take notice of the Instructions before submitting your panel proposal.
For more information, please visit the WC2016 website: https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/events/congress/istanbul2016/home
KNOWLEDGE, POLICYMAKING AND LEARNING IN EUROPEAN METROPOLITAN AREAS: EXPERIENCES AND APPROACHES
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.
Tomorrow is the LAST day to submit papers for the upcoming IPSA World Congress.
Panels on Public Policy -
RC30 - Comparative Public Policy
RC32 - Public Policy and Administration
RC 05 - Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics
RC 19 - Gender Politics and Policy
RC 25 - Comparative Health Policy
RC 38 - Politics and Business
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1st European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) Conference
"CONTENT CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET"
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.
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.
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.
The Euro-African Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development (APAD) seeks to advance scientific exchanges as well as dialogue with development actors on issues of social change and development, in Africa and elsewhere.
The 2015 APAD conference will take place in Cotonou (Benin), 17 to 20 November. It aims to examine the current arrangements of the production and implementation of public action in countries ‘under an aid regime’, where aid money and institutions play a strong role. Around 120 communications will be presented, based on in-depth empirical research in various public action sectors.
Call For Papers
George Mason Law & Economics Center Program on Economics & Privacy: Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference
April 29, 2016, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP), part of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, will host a Scholars Conference on the economics of digital information policy on April 29, 2016.
The mission of PEP is to promote the sound application of economic analysis to issues surrounding the digital information economy through original research, policy outreach, and education. The Annual Digital Information Policy Scholars Conference is intended to further this goal by providing a forum to present original research on the law and economics of digital information policy.
The organisers of the 11th international conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis invite proposals for papers. Authors should submit the details of their paper, including an abstract of no more than 300 words, to the conference website by 15th February, 2016.
Papers should be submitted to one of the named panels (listed below) or to the open section. Panel conveners will review and select papers for their panel.
Places at the conference are limited and preference will be given to papers accepted to named panels over those submitted to the ‘open panel’.
Conference: 5-7th July 2016
The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) in close collaboration with a consortium of institutions under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security will organize the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress to be held from 20 to 23 September in Chengdu, P.R. of China. The congress days will be preceded on 19 September 2016 by the IIAS and IASIA Statutory meetings.
The congress will bring together academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance.
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.
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.
Interpretive Policy Analysis - 11th International Conference
5-7 July 2016 University of Hull UK
Call for Papers - Deadline 15th February 2016
International Seminar on Policy Diffusion
May 09 - 11 2016
Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning - CEBRAP, in São Paulo.
The purpose of the International Seminar on Policy Diffusion is to discuss topics in
this emerging field, promoting reflection on the domestic and international circulation of ideas, models, and State institutions, in order to arrive at a better understanding of policy processes. Why do policies get diffused? Which actors are involved? Which mechanisms affect the process? In which ways does diffusion transform the state and influence the success or failure of policies? Even though there is empirical evidence on the diffusion of political institutions in Brazil, little is known about its dynamics, causes, and effects.
The intention of this Seminar is to contribute to the understanding of this phenomenon,expanding the scope of academic debate on the topic of policy diffusion.
CEBRAP: Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning
The purpose of the International Seminar on Policy Diffusion is to discuss topics in this emerging field, promoting reflection on the domestic and international circulation of ideas, models, and State institutions, in order to arrive at a better understanding of policy processes. Why do policies get diffused? Which actors are involved? Which mechanisms affect the process? In which ways does diffusion transform the state and influence the success or failure of policies?
Even though there is empirical evidence on the diffusion of political institutions in Brazil, little is known about its dynamics, causes, and effects. The intention of this Seminar is to contribute to the understanding of this phenomenon, expanding the scope of academic debate on the topic of policy diffusion. The seminar will bring together a group of keynote speakers from Latin American, North American, and European universities. In addition, it will provide space for individual presentations of selected Papers proposed by different colleagues. The results of the Seminar are to produce a book with the authors contributions, well as a video with the different sessions presentations.
VII International Symposium on Public Policy/VII Coloquio Internacional Sobre Políticas Públicas/VII Colloque International sur les Politiques Publiques
The VII edition of the International Symposium on Public Policy organized by the Research Group "Analysis of Public Policy and Public Management (APPGP)" coordinated by Prof. André-Noël Roth, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, in collaboration with the Universidad del Valle in Cali, will take place this year on 27 and 28 May 2016 in Bogota with the following central theme: Approaches, Theories and Methods for Public Policy Analysis". The Symposium has the participation of more than forty panelists (10 countries) and three guest speakers: Prof. Philippe Zittoun (France), Prof. Cristina Zurbriggen (Uruguay) and Prof. Freddy Mariñez (Mexico) Information and registration (free).: firstname.lastname@example.org
Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), Milan, 15-17 September 2016.
Call for papers for a panel, Section 11 (Research Methodology): "Gauging for
One of the most delicate issues in empirical research is that of measuring and synthesizing phenomena for the operationalization of hypotheses. Regardless of the technique, problems in the accuracy and reliability of the relationship between indicators and constructs do undermine the validity of results. The issue is especially crucial in QCA, where "raw" variables become membership scores to a property-set after a transformation into "crisp" or "fuzzy" values that mostly depend on the researcher’s wisdom – and to which results are quite sensitive. The panel encourages a debate on this and asks: - how can we understand reliability and accuracy in QCA? - what is gained and what gets lost when we rely on "coarse-grained" scores from some clustering or classifying procedure, instead than on "fine-grained" values from pegging algorithms? The panel welcomes theoretical and methodological contributions, as well as applied/empirical studies in political science.
The 7th Annual ENCATC Research Session will be held in the framework of the 24th ENCATC Annual Conference in Valencia, Spain from 5-7 October.
Senior and emerging researchers and leading academics are invited to submit abstracts from any relevant discipline, provided that they make an original academic contribution to the study of cultural management and policy.
Don’t miss this opportunity to present your work to a wide international audience with publishing opportunities to advance your career!
On behalf of the organizing committee we are pleased to announce the call for papers for the First Annual Meeting of the Singapore-based Public Policy Network. Based on the model of the Australian and other similar successful public policy networks around the globe, the Singapore PPN provides a venue for faculty and students at Singapore’s post-secondary institutions interested in public policy to present their work and engage in discussions with colleagues from around the region.
This years’s conference will be held over two days, with a faculty-student conference on Friday August 26 held at the School of Humanities and Social sciences at Nanyang Technological University and a Phd student-led forum held Saturday August 27 at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the Bukit Timah campus of the National University of Singapore.
Although based in Singapore, the conference is open to papers, round table and panel proposals on all topics within the policy sciences and is not restricted to subjects related to Singapore.
Proposals for papers and panels may deal with any issue or topic of interest to policy scholars dealing with local, national and international events in the region and elsewhere, or with theoretical, conceptual or methodological subjects related to policy studies.
November 24 and 25, 2016
The Department of Asian and Policy Studies of the Education University of Hong Kong (previously known as the Hong Kong Institute of Education), the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies of Lingnan University, and the School of Public Administration of South China University of Technology are convening a two-day conference on social policy and governance innovation to be held on November 24 and 25, 2016 in Hong Kong. As a continuation of the conference series held in Hong Kong and Guangzhou in rotation, this fourth conference aims to provide a venue for academic discussion and scholarly exchange on social policy and governance in Asia and beyond.
5TH FINANCIAL REGULATIONS SUMMIT
28-30TH SEPTEMBER Warsaw, Poland, European Union
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.
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.
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?