T04P02 - The Emergence of Public Policy and the Role of Agenda Setting for Policy Change in Countries and Regions of the Global South

Topic : Problems and Agenda Setting

Panel Chair : Heike Grimm - heike.grimm@uni-erfurt.de

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

The aspects of this panel are twofold, with the aim to present research findings about the emergence of public policy and the role of agenda setting for policy change in countries and regions which have not been the focus of public policy research yet. Firstly, the panel will analyze the emergence of public policy as an academic discipline in selected countries beyond the paradigm of developed nations. In various advanced nations, public policy has been established and acknowledged as an academic discipline for many decades, and when discussing public policy theory and practice, we often draw on academic literature and expertise developed in the Global North. Nonetheless, we observe the rise of public policy as an academic discipline across many countries worldwide, although little is known about the experts and knowledge in the field, including the various facets of public policy theory and practice from specific country perspectives. This is specifically true for countries and regions in the Global South, where transformations take place rapidly and knowledge on the creation and theories of public policy is rare, although crucial for development. We assume that the academic discipline `public policy´ plays a vital role for policy making and political advocacy, as well as for the development of institutions which address the growing societal, economic and environmental problems faced by societies.

 

In this context, the panel further aims at investigating when, why and by whom policy issues are put on the agenda of policy-making; and whether public policy research has an influence on agenda setting. Whereas this is a topic of high relevance, research in the field of agenda setting as an element of the policy cycle has rarely been pursued in academia. Nonetheless, agenda setting is probably the most crucial element of the policy cycle because it is determinative of future policy issues and policy making in a country or region.

 

Cognizant of the deeply interdisciplinary nature of public policy, the panel considers aspects of history, governance, economics and law as components of public policy theory development, and investigates how these theories have influenced policy-making and, more specifically, agenda-setting in countries beyond the Western paradigm. Papers should draw on the advancement of public policy research in distinct country contexts influencing policy making in all fields including health, agriculture, education, migration, integration, environment, entrepreneurship etc. The research should preferably integrate theories of the policy process such as the Multiple Streams Theory (Kingdon 2002); Advocacy Coalition Framework (Sabatier 1988); Punctuated Equilibrium (Baumgartner and Jones 1993); Policy Domains (Laumann and Knoke 1987; Börzel 1998) etc. As the challenges of accessing data and literature in many countries are well known, descriptive and exploratory research is also very welcome.

 

Keywords: Public Policy, Policy Cycle, Theories of the Policy Process, Agenda Setting, Global South, Policy Making, Development

 

 

Call for papers

 

The aspects of this panel are twofold, with the aim to present research findings about the emergence of public policy and the role of agenda setting for policy change in countries and regions which have not been the focus of public policy research yet. Firstly, the panel will analyze the emergence of public policy as an academic discipline in selected countries beyond the paradigm of developed nations. In various advanced nations public policy has been established and acknowledged as an academic discipline. Nonetheless, we observe the rise of public policy as an academic discipline across many countries worldwide, although little is known about the experts and knowledge in the field, including the various facets of public policy theory and practice from specific country perspectives. In many countries and regions of the Global South, transformations take place rapidly and knowledge on the creation and theories of public policy is rare, although crucial for development. We assume that the academic discipline `public policy´ plays a vital role for policy-making and political advocacy, as well as for development of institutions which address the growing societal, economic and environmental problems faced by societies.

 

In this context, the panel further aims at investigating when, why and by whom policy issues are put on the agenda of policy-making; and whether public policy research has an influence on agenda setting.

 

Cognizant of the deeply interdisciplinary nature of public policy, the panel considers aspects of history, governance, economics and law as components of public policy theory development, and investigates how these theories have influenced policy-making and, more specifically, agenda-setting in countries beyond the Western paradigm. Papers should draw on the advancement of public policy research in distinct country contexts influencing policy making in all fields including health, agriculture, education, migration, integration, environment, entrepreneurship etc. The research should preferably integrate theories of the policy process such as the Multiple Streams Theory (Kingdon 2002) or the Advocacy Coalition Framework (Sabatier 1988).

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