International Summer School On Public Policy, ENAP-IPPA Brasilia 2nd edition

15th-19th MAY 2017








































































After the success of the first edition of the International Summer School on Public Policy - Brasilia in November 2016, the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (ENAP) and the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) have come together for a second edition. This summer school will take place from Monday 15th to Friday 19th May in Brasilia (Brazil).


The main objective of this International Summer School is to provide advice and knowledge on public policy theories, concepts and methodologies to study Public Policy. It shall be organised into alternating lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. Three workshops (each one composed of a small group of 20 students maximum) shall be conducted by an international scholar. One group will be composed of PhD students and young researchers and two groups will be composed of policy practitioners only. 
The application and selection process of PhD students and Young scholars (PhD obtained in less than 3 years) for the Summer School will be managed by IPPA and all the information will be provided on this current page. The selection of policy practitioners and others will be managed directly by the ENAP and all the information shall be provided on this webpage . 


The International Scholars


Frank Fischer has until recently been Distinguished Professor of Politics and Global Affairs at Rutgers University in the USA. Currently, he is research scholar at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is co-editor of Critical Policy Studies journal and Handbook of Public Policy Series editor for Edward Elgar. In addition to widely lecturing around the world on environmental politics and policy analysis, he has published 16 books and numerous essays. These include Citizens, Experts and the Environment (Duke 2000), Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices (Oxford 2003), Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics and Methods, co-edited with Mara Sidney and Gerald Miller (Taylor and Francis 2006), Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry (Oxford 2009), The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice, co-edited with Herbert Gottweis (Duke 2012), the Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, co-edited with Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnova and Michael Orsini ( Elgar 2015) and Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect (Oxford 2017). In addition to research in the United States and Germany, he has conducted field research in India, Nepal and Thailand on citizen participation and local ecological knowledge. He has also received numerous awards, including the Harold Lasswell Award for contributions to the field.



  Laura Chaqués Bonafont is Professor of Political Science at the University of Barcelona, and research fellow at the  Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). She is the director of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project  a research project aimed to analyze the interrelation between the governmental,  parliamentarian and media agendas across time, issues, countries and levels of government. The project establishes a  link between policy dynamics research and other areas of concern within political science, mainly media studies,  political representation and the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. It also provides new tools for  the development of quantitative measurement of policy dynamics. Her last book is Agenda Dynamics in Spain (Palgrave 2014 with Frank Baumgartner and A. Palau). Her work also appears in top academic journals like Comparative Political Studies, The Bristish Journal of Political Science, West European Politics, Political Communication, or the Journal of Public Policy among many others. At present her main research interests are the analysis of of agenda dynamics in a comparative perspective paying especial attention to the role of the media, and interest groups, and (2) the analysis of the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. This means to explain to what extend Europeanization and increasing regionalism affects the capacity or/and willingness of policy makers to respond to electoral promises and citizen priorities; to analyze interest groups access to the policymaking process, and their mobilization strategies in a multilevel system of governance; and to analyze how the media affects the pattern of issue prioritization of political elites. To do that, she collaborate actively with an international network of scholars -the comparative agendas project-, aimed to provide new tools for the quantitative analysis of agenda dynamics across time, countries, policy issues and levels of governance. In 2014 she won the ICREA prize.



  Giliberto CAPANO is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in University of Bologna and in the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. He has been the Dean of Bologna University’s II Faculty of Political Science (located  on the Forlì campus) from 2003 to 2009. He has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science  Association (2009-2014). He is co-founder and Treasurer of the International Public Policy Association. He was  previously the editor of  the “Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche” (Italian Public Policy Journal) and he is co-editor of  Policy & Society since 2009. He is the Director of UNIRES (Italian Centre for Research on Universities and Higher Education Systems) and the Chair of the COST Action on  “Professionalization and Social Impact of  European Political Science". His main research interests are: theories of public policy, higher education policy, legislative behaviour, public administration reforms, the policy-making role of interests’ groups, policy design and policy instruments. He has published six monographical studies  and edited 12 books  (2 in English, 10 in Italian), while his work in English has been published in several books and in journals such as: Higher Education, European Political Science, Journal of Legislative Studies, Public Administration,  Southern European Society and Politics, Higher Education Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Comparative Education Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Policy Sciences. His lastest books are: (co-editor with M. Howlett and M. Ramesh) Varieties of Governance. Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities, Palgrave 2015; (co-author with M. Regini and M. Turri), Changing Governance in Universities, Palgrave-MacMillan 2016.


courseS ON The public policy process: theory, methods and politics

For PhD students, all the courses and workshops will be manage by Frank Fischer. 


These courses and the corresponding workshops examine the theory of the public policy process, with an emphasis on political, conceptual and methodological issues.  It begins with an exploration of the evolution of theory development in public policy studies, including an emphasis on the interplay among competing analytical criteria--efficiency, equity and legitimacy—in policy decision processes.  The discussion then turns to an investigation of each phase of the policymaking process, from the politics of agenda setting (emphasizing interest group competition, parties, movements and the media), policy formulation (focused on policy advice, cost-benefit analysis and epistemic policy communities), policy decision-making and adoption (concerned with state imperatives and models of power), implementation (dealing with policy design,  bureaucratic politics, and program recipients), and policy evaluation and learning (comparing technocratic versus constructivist and collaborative approaches).  In the process, the courses give special attention to the kinds of knowledge and inquiry appropriate to each phase of the policy process. 


At various points, it also considers the role of methodical approaches and theoretical models, including the advocacy coalition model, rational choice theory, the liberal-institutional perspective, the discourse approach, and the deliberative-orientation “argumentative turn.”  Contemporary methodological debates between quantitative and qualitative approaches to policy inquiry are also explored. 


Where possible, the courses and research presentations will be coordinated to permit more specific discussions of theoretical and methodological issues.



The Program for PhD Students group

For PhD Students, the program might be the following:


Monday 15th MAY 

  • Roundtable with the 3 professors (L. Chaquès Bonafont, F. Fischer, G. Capano)
  • Workshop (F. Fischer) : Student Doctoral Research presentations


Tuesday 16th MAY 

  • Lecturer (F. Fischer):In Pursuit of Usable Knowledge: Between Empirical Evidence and Social Equity.
  • Course (F. Fischer): History and Theory of Public Policy: Policy Problems, Analytic Criteria and Explanatory Models.
  • Workshop (F. Fischer): Student Doctoral Research Presentations.


Wednesday 17th MAY

  • Lecturer (L. Chaquès Bonafont): Incrementalism versus puntuations. The Puntuated equilibrium model.
  • Course (F. Fischer): Agenda-Setting: Political Competition, Advocacy Coalitions, and Policy Argumentation.
  • Workshop (F. Fischer): Student Doctoral Research Presentation.


Thursday 18th MAY

  • Lecturer (G. Capano):  Policy Instruments and Policy Design.
  • Course (F. Fischer): Policy Formulation: Policy Expertise, Evidence and Cost-Benefit Analysis.
  • Workshop (F. Fischer): Student Doctoral Research Presentation.


Friday 19th MAY

  • Course (F. Fischer): Implementation and Evaluation: Integrating Empirical and Normative Assessments.
  • Workshop (F. Fischer): Student Doctoral Research Presentation.
  • End Roundtable


To apply for the International Summer School

The number of place is limited up to 20 PhD students or young researcher for this course. The date to apply is from the 28th March to the 7th April 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE: 21th APRIL) and the result of the selection will be published the 25th April 2017. 


To apply:

1) Login or create an IPPA account ,

2) Click to "I want to apply to this Summer School" button (at the bottom of the page)

3) Follow the procedure indicated (upload the presentation of your research project (3 to 5 pages in PDF) - please indicate document title as following : Surname_Project Research Title)


The summer school is free except travel and accommodation. 




International Summer School on Public Policy 15th-19th May Brasilia 2017 will be held at Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (ENAP) located at SPO - Asa Sul, Brasília - DF, 70610-900, Brazil. The nearest hotels are located around Setor Hoteleiro Sul/Norte area, which are 8 to 10 km away.


Participants attending the Summer School can also choose from a wide variety of accommodations, hotels, hostels and guest rooms. We highly recommend you to compare with other online hotel reservation platforms (Booking, Hotels, Agoda, TripAdvisor, etc.) before deciding to book, as sometimes there can be interesting differences in the rates of online websites.


There will be the possibility of traveling in a shuttle bus that will make the route between the Setor Hoteleiro Sul/Norte area and the ENAP.



HOTELs (14TH - 19TH MAY 2017)


Participants attending the Summer School can choose from a wide variety of accomodations (such as hotels, hostels and guest rooms). Please consult this list recommended by ENAP for your kind consideration. 




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