T10P01 - Application of Power Relations, Policy Networks, Policy Learning and Persussive Communication Models in Public Policy Analysis

Topic : Methodologies

Panel Chair : Tiberius Barasa - tibsrasa@yahoo.com

Panel Second Chair : Fridah Kinya - kfridah07@yahoo.com

Panel Third Chair : RICHARD SEBAGGALA - sebaggalar@yahoo.com

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Analysis of the contribution of various actors in public policy process can be strengthened by employing various analytical models including power relations, policy network relations, policy learning and persuasive communication. Existing literature on these analytical models fall short of using empirical data from various countries to demonstrate the utility of the models. It is important to demonstrate the utility of these models by using empirical data based on specific countries in developing countries majority of which experience serious challenges with their public policy process. The overall objective of this panel is therefore to increase our knowledge and skills in the use of these models. Specific objectives include to enable policy analysts and researchers to deepen their understanding of the influence of power relations in public policy process; different types and influence of networks in public policy process; the critical role of policy learning and its typologies in public policy process; and the use of language, discourse, argument and inter-communicative approach in public policy process. The focus of each model is briefly explained below.

Power relations involve power-holders, actual employment or threat to use force and resistance all played out in different spaces and levels. Power relations are dynamic, to understand them one needs to do a power analysis. Power analysis is important for understanding the context in which public policy process happens. A more nuanced and relational power analysis can provide insights to the contexts in which public policy decision and delivery process happens.

Policy networks involve a pattern of formal and informal contacts and relationships which shape agenda and decision-making as opposed to the interplay within and between the formal policy-making organisations and institutions. A policy network approach conceptualizes policy-making as the result of interactions between policy-actors, and assumes that the structure of these interactions explains policy outcomes. A large number of structural characteristics are taken into account in the analysis and explanation of policy networks, but the most prominent one is the notion of centrality

Policy Learning involves relatively enduring alterations of thought or behaviour intentions that result from experience and which are concerned with the attainment or revision of the precepts of the belief system of individuals or collectives. In a general way, policy learning refers to a structured, conscious change in thinking about a specific policy issue. The learning may consist of a rethink but most often will be something with an existing frame such as a better understanding of the effects of certain policy instrument

Persuasive communication involves the act of making someone agree to do or believe that something is of benefit by giving them good reasons for doing it or believing it. It involves the use of argumentation and effective communication to move a policy maker into action. Persuasiveness of the policy analyst is part of the dialectic of the policy process.

Call for papers

The third International Conference on Public Policy organised by the International Public Policy Association will be held in Singapore at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, from 28th-30th June 2017. The organisers and panel chair are pleased to invite you to submit papers that reflect the best thinking in the discipline informed by theory, research and practical application. The panel on Application of power relations, policy networks, policy learning and persuasive communication models in public policy analysis welcomes papers that highlight areas where public policy analytical models have made distinctive methodological contributions.

We invite interested researchers and policy analysts to present papers that have used any of the following analytical models. The papers should be empirical studies that have employed one or two of the following models or any other related model in the analysis.



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