For PhD Students and Young Scholars we propose a special program one day before the ICPP 3 Conference. We plan to hold a set of courses and lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoon conducted by renowned international scholars. On the registration page, you will be able to select your courses for the morning session choosing your preference from 1 to 3 (with 1 being your first preference). As there are limited number of seats available, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first preference.


Registration will be open until the limited places are filled. Special fees will be offered to participants of the whole Conference (100€). This includes attendance of the courses as well as two coffees & lunches. 

For those who only attend the Pre-Conference, the fee is 200€, and the application process is through this link. To apply, please click on

"I want to apply to this summer school" and then fill in the required fields. Once your application is validated (this process may take a few hours) you can proceed to register clicking on "Registration".


The workshops are designed to have around 15 research scholars; a small group in order to facilitate exchanges. Please note that the workshops will be based on the research projects of the attendees to the workshops. Participants can send their research projects (optional, 2-3 pages in pdf format) if they want their projects to be discussed during the workshop.



General SchedulE

8:30 am to 9 am Registration
9 am to 10:30 am Course
10:30 am to 10:45 am Break
10:45 am to 12:15 pm Course
12:15 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2 pm to 3:30 pm Workshop
3:30 pm to 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm to 5:15 pm Workshop



Courses & Workshops

Course 1: The Policy Design by B. Guy Peters
Public policies are usually discussed one by one, but they can be more effective if they are coordinated with other  policies. That may be obvious to the analyst, but it is often  extremely to achieve in practice. This course will  discuss the reasons for promoting greater coordination, the barriers to that coordination, and the mechanisms for  achieving  more effective governance through policy coordination. We will also discuss the importance of  specialization and the limits to coordination.

Course 2: Policy Instruments Choice and Policy Change: Types of Instruments Choice, Dynamics,  Outputs, Effects by Giliberto Capano
This workshop will be a kind of collective discussion about how policy instruments are chosen and how their  effects are really drivers of policy change. The focus will be on the  real content of policy design in terms of set of  adopted instruments confronted with the different theories of policy (and institutional) change. Thus the main  questions to be  debated will be: what really is an incremental/radical change in terms of instruments choice? Is  Layering really a mode of weak/incremental change?

Does the real effects of  policy change depends either on the consistency and coherence of policy instruments adopted or on other factors like context, chance, political will? Hopefully, young scholars  working in different policy fields are expected to attend towards having a broad empirical landscape to support the theoretical discussion.

Course 3: The Political Process of Policymaking by Philippe Zittoun

This course is proposed by Philippe Zittoun based on his book. The main idea is to learn and to discuss how to  grasp the political dimension of the policy process through the  observation of the definition struggles of the  problem but also of the solution with a specific attention to the building of coalition, the powerfull dimension and  the different tests  that the solution met during its career. Why some solution arrive to emerge on the decision  making process and why some solution fails ? At what condition and at what price a  solution emerged on the  solution agenda and how some actors arrived to domesticate some wicked problem? 


Course 4: Comparative Policy by Guillaume Fontaine
This course aims at providing support to PhD students interested in strengthening their research design, through better case selection or comparative design. The morning session will be dedicated to discuss problems of methods and substance through the following questions: What is comparative policy analysis? What is it for? How is it done? The afternoon session will be dedicated to discuss students´ research projects in group works and a plenary.



Course 5: Public Policy Analysis in Critical Perspective: Comparing Empirical and Deliberative  Approaches by Frank Fischer
This Pre-conference course will examine the rise policy analysis as an applied empirical discipline, focusing on its  strengths and weaknesses. The discussion will then turn to the "argumentative turn" and deliberative policy  analysis as an alternative approach designed to address specific weaknesses and limitations that have plagued  the conventional  empirical orientation. The key theme guiding this exploration will be the search for a socially  relevant form of "usable policy knowledge." The course will conclude by looking for  ways to integrate the two perspectives in a more comprehensive policy-analytic framework.