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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
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“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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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
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.
Call for papers:Public Policy Changes in Latin America
ÍCONOS - Revista de Ciencias Sociales
Article Submission: November 24th, 2014 - January 9th, 2015
Publication: September 2015
Guillaume Fontaine, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales
Mauricio Olavarría, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Latin America is a stage for intense political changes, driven especially by what has been called the region’s “left turn,” as inaugurated almost two decades ago with "progressive governments” in Venezuela, and later in Brazil, Uruguay, and Ecuador, among others. The political science field has documented this phenomenon extensively, given its implications for democracy, the evolution of political participation, and the crisis of the traditional political parties. This has also become a subject of interest in sociology, which has traditionally been concerned with social movements and the relationship between civil society and the State in this region. Likewise, it has been analyzed extensively by the field of economics, perhaps because it concerns the crisis of capitalism and the search for an alternative development model oriented toward wellbeing, sustainability, and equity.
Nevertheless, this literature says little about the public policies that bring these changes into effect. In particular, it neither sufficiently addresses the role played by ideas, interests and institutions in the change, nor does it address the meaning and magnitude of the latter. Why do policies change? In what sense and to what extent? What obstacles do these policies confront in order to change? How irreversible is this change? These are the questions we would like to address in this dossier.
Many different frameworks are used in political analysis to approach these issues. Some emphasize the role of non-state actors in decision-making, such as in the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and in discursive political analysis. Others emphasize the interests of strategic actors in the creation and transformation of institutions to facilitate social relations, such as the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework. Finally, others are concerned with the influence of institutions in policy changes, such as the path dependency and punctuated equilibrium models.
We are interested in contrasting the contributions of these distinct approaches, beginning with the analysis of empirical situations that span the policy changes at a macro level (institutional reform), meso level (implementation strategies) and micro level (understanding of technical instruments).
Call for Applications:
Institute of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Leuphana University Lueneburg seek to appoint an assistant professor (Junior Professor W1) with the designation:
Theory of Public Policy.
On this professorial position, applicants will teach courses in Public Policy Studies and Political Theory at college and graduate level. In their research, they are expected to contribute to the section "Participation and Public Policy" of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Leuphana University Lueneburg.
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.