Pre-Conference Singapore 27th June 2017

27th JUNE 2017




For PhD Students, Young Scholars and practitioners,  we propose a special program one day before the 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.

For the afternoon, Workshops will be designed with small groups in order to facilitate exchanges.

For PhD students and Young Scholars, the workshops will be based on the research projects of the attendees to the workshops. These participants Participants can send their research projects (optional, 2-3 pages, in pdf format) if they want their projects to be discussed during the workshop.

For practitioners, the workshop will be based on their experiences and cases studies. These participants are required to send a letter explaining who they are and what are your interests.

The Fees of this preconference are 100€ for Conference participants and 200€ for other.  



General Schedule


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




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.







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