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Call for Workshops OPEN - IWPP 2 Quito

17/09/2019 - 09:56 Team IPPA

The International Public Policy Association will hold the second edition of the International Workshops on Public Policy at FLACSO Ecuador from 1st - 3rd July 2020 in Quito.

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Conference on Environmental Governance (at National University of Singapore)

14/09/2019 - 14:09 Frank Fischer

Call for Papers Environmental Governance: Policy Discourse, Deliberative Practices, and Public Participation This conference focuses on the interplay among policy discourses, deliberative practices, public participation and environmental governance. It examines how policy publics, politicians, citizens and other communities, can influence governmental decisions, and vice versa. In particular, it focuses on these interactions in the context of the uncertainties that have been created by the rise of populism and the apparent irrationalities across different governance regimes, including the phenomenon of post-truth politics. The conference seeks to draw attention to the various environmental crises, especially those related to climate change–the challenge of this century. Granted that strong responses from ordinary citizens are required, including environmental movements, effective environmental governance also depends on knowledge and expertise. However, these processes are not only fraught with scientific and policy uncertainties, they take place within a turbulent political environment, including its multiple confrontations with politics of climate denial and post-truth. It is therefore not surprising that both the problems and their sustainable solutions are often wicked and messy. Topics explored in this conference include: environmental governance, public discourse deliberation, communications, public participation, public behaviour (e.g., blame, resilience, tolerance, robustness), and narratives (e.g. issues of information asymmetries). We also welcome papers that critically examine the extent to which the climate of “alternative facts” and post-truth politics has influenced policy-making. This conference is broadly framed and welcomes all papers from a wide range of disciplines. Comparative papers are especially welcome. A summary of topics of interest in this conference is as follows: 1. Environmental governance (including climate change) 2. Environmental sustainability discourses 3. Environmental knowledge and expertise 4. Post-truth and alternative facts 5. Citizen and public participation 6. Public narratives and policy argumentation 7. Policy design and deliberative practices 8. Political apathy and blame avoidance The conference, comprising two days of paper presentations (Jan 29-30, 2020), will be followed by a discussion (on the morning of Jan 31) on conference findings and contributions by Critical Policy Studies. Paper proposal submissions are to be made to iwp_admin@nus.edu.sg by October 31, 2019. The submission must include a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the full name, institutional affiliation, and email of all authors. Please also indicate the topic(s) of interest (e.g., “#5. Citizen and public participation”) that the paper aims to cover. The submission can also include new topics not enumerated above. Only successful applicants will be contacted by late November 2019. Successful applicants also need to submit a draft paper of between 5,000 and 8,000 words by January 17, 2020. *Only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. This conference is supported by Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. It is organized in association with the Critical Policy Studies journal. For additional information contact Leong Ching, NUS, and Frank Fischer, Critical Policy Studies. Keynote and plenary speakers include Miranda Schreuers of the School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich, Benjamin Cashore of Yale University and the National University of Singapore, John Barry of Queens University in Belfast, David Schlosberg of the University of Sydney and Frank Fischer at Humboldt University, Berlin, and the Institute of Avanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.

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Call for Papers - International Conference

13/09/2019 - 14:03 Paolo Davide Farah

The Call for papers for the International Conference “Reassessing the Truth: the Role of Scientific and Technological Progress, the Business Sector, the Sustainable Economic and Community Development in the Energy Transition" organized by the Department of Public Administration of West Virginia University, USA, is open.

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CALL FOR APPLICATION WINTER SCHOOL ON PUBLIC POLICY - ALPS 3RD EDITION - OPEN

09/09/2019 - 10:22 Team IPPA

The call for application for the Winter School on Public Policy - Alps edition 2020 is now open! You can submit you application until 30 October 2019. Note that you can benefit from an Early Bird Discount if you register before 15 October, 2019.

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Jobs/internships

Call for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) Public Administration Division

07/09/2019 - 05:22 Oliver Meza

Public Administration Division Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) México City Starting date: January 2020. The Division of Public Administration at CIDE is looking for a tenure track Assistant Professor. We will consider candidates with a solid academic background in public administration, public policy, or related disciplines, interested in promoting multidisciplinary dialogue and making cutting edge contributions in any of these disciplines, through the development of research with quantitative, qualitative and / or mixed methods, and for their participation in any of the academic programs taught at CIDE.

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CFP Environmental Governance: Policy Discourse, Deliberative Practices, and Public Participation

03/09/2019 - 09:40 Ching Leong

Environmental Governance: Policy Discourse, Deliberative Practices, and Public Participation This conference focuses on the interplay among policy discourses, deliberative practices, public participation and environmental governance. It examines how policy publics, politicians, citizens and other communities can influence governmental decisions, and vice versa. In particular, it focuses on these interactions in the context of the uncertainties that have been created by the rise of populism and the apparent irrationalities across different governance regimes, including the phenomenon of post-truth politics.

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New books

American Christians and the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry: A Call to Conscience.

26/08/2019 - 19:59 Fred Lazin

American Christians and the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry: A Call to Conscience. It provides the first in-depth examination of the role and influence of American Christians in the advocacy efforts for Soviet Jewry during the 1970s and 1980s. It explores how American Catholics and Protestants engaged with American Jews to campaign for the emigration of Soviet Jews and to end the cultural and religious discrimination against them. The book presents a case study of the National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, established by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the National Catholic Conference on Interracial Justice, from its inception to its closure in order to better understand the complexities of the politics of interreligious affairs during this period. At the heart of the story is Sister Ann Gillen of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, who directed the Chicago-based task force under the auspices of the AJC. The book examines the motivations of its leaders and provides a comprehensive look at task force activities, programs, and relationships, notes its ties to the civil rights movement, and offers in-depth analysis of its participation and role in the global arena. American political, religious, and ethnic leaders play prominent roles in this story, along with the national media, and countless religious and community groups across the United States. The relationship between American Jews and Israel is a factor of fundamental significance as well and plays a critical role in the development of the Task Force. The book is based on extensive archival research and interviews with key players in its history.

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International Conference 'Discretion: The Quest for Controlled Freedom'

19/08/2019 - 15:26 Marianne Breijer

With an eye on the common good, public actors may pursue particular goals. When such a goal has been formulated and decided upon, it is up to the discretion of others to implement that goal. The assumption is that the exercise of discretion is instrumentally aimed at the realization of the goal concerned. To underline the latter, control is needed. Eventually, discretion will be curbed. This is a usual and actually normative view on discretion. In an alternative, empirical, perspective, discretion concerns room to judge and act in skilful and ingenious manners, addressing the situation at hand. Rather than direct supervision, trust in craftsmanship and peer consultation then imply more ’horizontal’ forms of control. While total control and full freedom both seem illusions, the continuous quest for a dynamic equilibrium in the tension between the two, forms the essence of discretion. When the pursuit of public goals is concerned, while full freedom as well as total control seem illusory, what are the meta-conditions in the public sphere for appropriate action, in terms of accountable ways of dealing with freedom when acting towards such goals? Exploring these conditions is the aim of this conference. The topic is inspired by a new book, titled Discretion and the Quest for Controlled Freedom, edited by Tony Evans and Peter Hupe (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan). The conference is open to academics and practitioners. Admission is free, but due to the venue, pre-registration is required. For more information and direct registration, see the conference link.

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Jobs/internships

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Public Policy

13/08/2019 - 02:56 Ishani Mukherjee

The School of Social Sciences (SOSS), Singapore Management University, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Public Policy at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate is one who conducts innovative research in topics related to comparative public policy, public administration, or global governance, and who can teach introductory as well as special-topic elective courses in public policy that will contribute towards the SOSS Public Policy and Public Management (PPPM) second major. We are open to research focus, although an interest in Asia would be a plus.

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Vacancy PhD position on policies enabling next generation Bioeconomy

05/08/2019 - 17:27 Jeroen Candel

We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project "Enabling Governance Arrangements for Next Generation Agri Biorefinery Technology"

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Research Activities

CfP: Public Policy: Experiences and Policy Transfers among Various Cultural Backgrounds

01/08/2019 - 23:03 Andrzej Klimczuk

The “Journal of Public Policy Studies” published by the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, is proud to announce the Call for Papers to a forthcoming Special Issue entitled: “Public Policy: Experiences and Policy Transfers among Various Cultural Backgrounds” (http://kolegia.sgh.waw.pl/en/KES/publications/public_policy_studies/).

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Events

International GSPP Conference 2019

30/07/2019 - 09:25 Team IPPA

The Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) is kindly inviting you to participate in the third annual International GSPP Conference.

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Jobs/internships

Team leader / Brazil – Brasilia

30/07/2019 - 08:27 Team IPPA

This is a 24-month project based in Brasilia and expected to start in January 2020. This is a part-time position

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New books

Making Policies Work: First- and Second-order Mechanisms in Policy Design

11/07/2019 - 15:07 Mark Griffiths

Policy design efforts are hampered by inadequate understanding of how policy tools and actions promote effective policies. The objective of this book is to address this gap in understanding by proposing a causal theory of the linkages between policy actions and policy effects. Adopting a mechanistic perspective, the book identifies the causal processes that activate effects and help achieve goals. It thus offers a powerful analytical tool to both scholars and practitioners of public policy seeking to design effective policies.

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New books

Research Handbook on Street-Level Bureaucracy: The Ground Floor of Government in Context

11/07/2019 - 12:26 Mark Griffiths

When the objectives of public policy programmes have been formulated and decided upon, implementation seems just a matter of following instructions. However, it is underway to the realization of those objectives that public policies get their final substance and form. Crucial is what happens in and around the encounter between public officials and individual citizens at the street level of government bureaucracy. This Research Handbook addresses the state of the art while providing a systematic exploration of the theoretical and methodological issues apparent in the study of street-level bureaucracy and how to deal with them.

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New books

Handbook on Science and Public Policy

11/07/2019 - 12:18 Mark Griffiths

This Handbook assembles state-of-the-art insights into the co-evolutionary and precarious relations between science and public policy. Beyond this, it also offers a fresh outlook on emerging challenges for science (including technology and innovation) in changing societies, and related policy requirements, as well as the challenges for public policy in view of science-driven economic, societal, and cultural changes. In short, this book deals with science as a policy-triggered project as well as public policy as a science-driven venture.

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New books

Handbook of Behavioural Change and Public Policy

11/07/2019 - 11:59 Mark Griffiths

Behavioural change has become a core issue of public policy. Behavioural instruments such as ‘nudging’ apply insights from behavioural economics and behavioural sciences, psychology and neurosciences across a broad range of policy areas. Behavioural insights teams and networks facilitate the global spread of behavioural public policies. Despite an ever-growing amount of literature, research has remained fragmented. This comprehensive Handbook unites interdisciplinary scholarship, with contributions critically assessing the state and direction of behavioural public policies, their normative implications and political consequences.

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New books

Handbook on Participatory Governance

11/07/2019 - 11:55 Mark Griffiths

This Handbook concentrates on democracy beyond the traditional governmental structures to explore the full scope of participatory governance. It argues that it is a political task to turn the shift from government to governance into participatory forms, and reflects on the notion of democracy and participatory governance, and how they can relate to each other. The volume offers key examples of how governance can be turned into a participatory form.

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New books

Handbook of European Policies

11/07/2019 - 11:40 Mark Griffiths

This definitive Handbook addresses the current lack of research into European policymaking and development using an interpretive perspective. Questioning areas that mainstream approaches tend to neglect, contributors target the ways in which ideas, arguments and discourses shape policies in the institutional context of the EU.

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New books

Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations: Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe

11/07/2019 - 11:26 Mark Griffiths

Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations takes a policy studies perspective in considering post-communist EU member states’ experiences since accession. The book analyses policy transfer processes and expands the new and growing sub-field of policy failure by interrogating the binary ideas of ‘failure’ and ‘success’ in the context of the Central Eastern European (CEE) transition, democratic consolidation and European Union membership.

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