T02P34 - Urban Policies: Charting a New Territory for Policy Studies

Topic : Comparative Public Policy

Panel Chair : Fritz Sager - fritz.sager@kpm.unibe.ch

Panel Second Chair : David Kaufmann - david.kaufmann@kpm.unibe.ch

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Cities offer an important venue for political science as political phenomena present themselves in a dense form. While many political science classics such as Dahl’s “Who Governs?” or Hunter’s “Community Power Structure” studied urban societies, the focus of political research on cities is on politics, institutions and governance rather than on public policy. This is surprising given that urban areas are confronted with specific policy problems that differ from both rural communal problems and national challenges and demand specific urban policy solutions. We argue that there is a need to a more explicit focus on urban policies linking urban policy analysis to the large body of research on urban politics and metropolitan governance. Furthermore, policy studies to this day lack a policy sector approach to urban policies. This panel aims at filling this gap by inviting paper dealing with urban policy problems in different policy sectors. The focus should be on the specifities of urban policy processes, design, and effects. The long time objective is to put together a handbook of urban policy presenting the full range of urban policy sectors from tax policy to culture.

Call for papers

Cities offer an important venue for political science as political phenomena present themselves in a dense form. While many political science classics such as Dahl’s “Who Governs?” or Hunter’s “Community Power Structure” studied urban societies, the focus of political research on cities is on politics, institutions and governance rather than on public policy. This is surprising given that urban areas are confronted with specific policy problems that differ from both rural communal problems and national challenges and demand specific urban policy solutions. We argue that there is a need to a more explicit focus on urban policies linking urban policy analysis to the large body of research on urban politics and metropolitan governance. Furthermore, policy studies to this day lack a policy sector approach to urban policies. This panel aims at filling this gap by inviting paper dealing with urban policy problems in different policy sectors. The focus should be on the speficities of urban policy processes, design, and effects. The long time objective is to put together a handbook of urban policy presenting the full range of urban policy sectors from tax policy to culture.

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