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Conference Call for Papers: Proposal Deadline November 15, 2014

International Workshop on Social Policy: Formulation and Design in Comparative Perspective

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International Workshop on
SOCIAL POLICY: FORMULATION AND DESIGN IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
National University of Singapore
12-13 February 2014

Social problems are complex, with a variety of economic, social, and political causes and consequences. Social policy design thus needs to be correspondingly sophisticated if it is to address the different, often contradictory, policy goals, requiring policy makers to employ a variety of tools in intricate combinations.

Yet too much of the scholarly discussion on social policy is conducted at very high levels of abstraction – dealing with issues such as state versus market orientations; Eastern communitarianism versus Western welfarism; social democratic versus neo-liberal welfare regimes, and so on – which do not translate easily into policy designs considerations and knowledge. This workshop focuses specifically on the latter issues: on the consequences and significance of different design features of programs that are already in place and the lessons and principles these provide to policy makers engaged in developing new programs to address social problems.

The purpose of the workshop is thus to apply the concepts of policy formulation and policy design thinking to the social policy sphere. Papers at the workshop will apply the central concerns in public policy evaluation ‑ effectiveness, efficiency, equity, security, sustainability etc – to different policy tools configurations in order to understand their potential use and limitations across problems and socio-economic contexts. In addition, papers will examine the manner in which policymakers and client groups learn from past experiences, or not, in their design, creation and enactment of social policy.

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Conference Call for Papers: August 1, 2014 - December 1, 2014

Design and Non-Design Workshop - ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2015, Warsaw Poland 29 March - April 2, 2015

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Workshop no. 08
ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2015, Warsaw Poland
29 March - April 2, 2015
Design and Non-Design in Policy-Making: When and How Policy Design Matters

Co-Chairs:
Giliberto Capano - Scuola Normale Superiore
Michael Howlett - Simon Fraser University

Public policies are the result of efforts made by governments to alter aspects of their own or social behaviour in order to carry out some end or purpose and are comprised of complex arrangements of policy goals and policy means. In this view policy design involves the effort to more or less systematically develop efficient and effective policies through the application of knowledge about policy means gained from experience, and reason, to the development and adoption of courses of action that are likely to succeed in attaining their desired goals or aims within specific policy contexts. Re-focusing on the issue of policy design is a promising way to better understanding the processes through which policies are formulated and implemented and see how their content is continuously chosen and developed. From this point of view the “new” policy design wave in public policy is a fruitful way through which different theoretical and empirical streams in political science can join together on a specific strategic research theme related to the nature of policy advice and decision-making dynamics both in theory and practice.

In fact to understand how policy design matters in policy-making means to read from a multi-theoretical perspective on the different stages of the policy-making trying to understand how institutional arrangements, governance modes, institutional behaviors institutionalized patterns of actors’ relations, conflicting policy ideas interact each other in designing the content of agendas, political decisions, implementation strategies.

Seen from this point of view, to call for a renewed focus on policy design means to call for a convergence of those streams of research, both in political science and in public policy, which study how political and policy decisions are made and implemented, that is, in other words, how the policy design space is delimited and fulfilled.

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Conference Call for Proposals: Deadline December 1, 2014

2015 ECPR Workshop in Warsaw - Design and Non-Design in Policy-Making: When and How Policy Design Matters

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Workshop no. 08
ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2015, Warsaw Poland
29 March - April 2, 2015
Design and Non-Design in Policy-Making: When and How Policy Design Matters

Co-Chairs:
Giliberto Capano
Scuola Normale Superiore

Michael Howlett
Simon Fraser University/NUS

Public policies are the result of efforts made by governments to alter aspects of their own or social behaviour in order to carry out some end or purpose and are comprised of complex arrangements of policy goals and policy means. In this view policy design involves the effort to more or less systematically develop efficient and effective policies through the application of knowledge about policy means gained from experience, and reason, to the development and adoption of courses of action that are likely to succeed in attaining their desired goals or aims within specific policy contexts. Re-focusing on the issue of policy design is a promising way to better understanding the processes through which policies are formulated and implemented and see how their content is continuously chosen and developed. From this point of view the “new” policy design wave in public policy is a fruitful way through which different theoretical and empirical streams in political science can join together on a specific strategic research theme related to the nature of policy advice and decision-making dynamics both in theory and practice.

In fact to understand how policy design matters in policy-making means to read from a multi-theoretical perspective on the different stages of the policy-making trying to understand how institutional arrangements, governance modes, institutional behaviors institutionalized patterns of actors’ relations, conflicting policy ideas interact each other in designing the content of agendas, political decisions, implementation strategies.

Seen from this point of view, to call for a renewed focus on policy design means to call for a convergence of those streams of research, both in political science and in public policy, which study how political and policy decisions are made and implemented, that is, in other words, how the policy design space is delimited and fulfilled.

Workshop Call for Applications: Deadline 30th November, 2014

Funded Workshop - ’Learning in Governance: Theory, Design and Methods"

British Council Researcher Links Workshop in Kazakhstan
CALL FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS
FUNDED WORKSHOP: LEARNING IN GOVERNANCE: THEORY, DESIGN AND METHODS

Nazarbayev University and the University of Exeter are pleased to announce a call for early career researchers to participate in a three-day political science workshop sponsored by the British Council. The workshop theme is ‘Learning in Governance’ and will be held from 2-5 February, 2015. All travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the British Council’s Newton Fund Researcher Links Programme.

The workshop is hosted by Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan and is led by a team of international political science scholars – Prof Neil Collins (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan); Dr Claire A. Dunlop (University of Exeter, UK); and Prof Claudio M. Radaelli (University of Exeter, UK).

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Call for Proposals: Deadline 6 June, 2016

2016 Annual Institute, Society of Policy Scientists

October 27-29, 2016
Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA

Diffusion of Ideas: Linking Lasswell to the Future

We invite participants to share their research and experiences applying and communicating the policy sciences approach. As a contextual means of self orientation and a pragmatic approach to address real-world problems, the policy sciences is a powerful toolset for advancing a global community “in which human dignity is realized in theory and fact” (Lasswell, Democratic Character). Communication and diffusion of that toolset, as well as the insights that emerge through its use, is an important aspect of what we do as practitioners. This encompasses applied research as well as the ways we teach and discuss the policy sciences with students, colleagues, or collaborators. As we examine how elements of the policy sciences framework can contribute to learning and problem-solving across diverse contexts, we encourage participants to reflect on their role as participant-observers in the settings where they work, and how the framework might be transported and translated into new settings. We also invite exploration of how the policy sciences approach might continue to grow and evolve in theory and practice. The deeper discussion of the Policy Sciences Academy this year provides an excellent opportunity for us to reflect on where we are as a community of practice and to explore visions for our future. At this year’s Institute we hope to learn about new and ongoing research and to share insights into applying, communicating, diffusing, and extending the policy sciences approach.
In addition to requests for presentations and panels, we are also eager for students to submit posters.



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