Eva Thomann is a full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Previously, she has held research positions at the University of Exeter, the University of Bern, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, the University of Heidelberg, and the European University Institute in Florence. She completed her PhD in Public Administration at the University of Bern in 2015 and has worked in policy consultancy from 2009-2015. Eva Thomann specializes in public policy and public administration. Her research interests include policy implementation, Europeanization, behavioral public policy and administration, and case-oriented and set-theoretic methodology. Empirically, she has mainly worked on public health, food safety, migrant and welfare policy. In addition to her monograph “Customized implementation of European Union food safety policy: United in diversity?” (Palgrave, 2019), her research appeared in renowned international peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy Studies Journal, Sociological Methods & Research, Governance, the Journal of Public Policy, and Public Administration. She is a member of the steering committee of the COMPArative Methods for Systematic cross-caSe analysis (COMPASSS) network, co-chair of the Permanent Study Group on Public Policy of the European Group for Public Administration, and she teaches set-theoretic methods at various international method schools. For more information please visit Eva’s personal website www.evathomann.com.
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) by Eva Thomann
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a set-theoretic method for identifying necessary and/or sufficient conditions for outcomes which is increasingly used in comparative policy analysis. Its core advantages lie in modelling causal complexity and enabling systematic comparisons to identify regularities, while integrating case knowledge at all levels of analysis. This course introduces participants to the nuts and bolts of QCA and its implementation using the most powerful currently available software in R. Apart from basic knowledge of empirical social research design and methodology, no particular pre-existing knowledge is required.
Charlotte Halpern Philippe Zittoun
Charlotte Halpern Philippe Zittoun
Charlotte Halpern holds a Ph.D. in political science and is an FNSP Associate Research Professor (full tenure) at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE), CNRS, France. She teaches courses on public policy analysis, comparative urban governance and EU policy-making. She has undertaken extensive research on state restructuring, policy change, and the selection of policy instruments, mainly in the field of environmental, transport and infrastructure policies in Europe and South America. Recent research projects included CREATE, a European-funded project (under Horizon 2020) on "Congestion reduction in Europe", SYRACUSE, a project funded by the French National Research Agency on "Networked symbioses adapted to sustainability-oriented urban contexts" and MEGOWAS on the "Metropolitan governance of water systems" (funded under USPC-NUS joint research projects). She has co-edited several books (e.g., Policy analysis in France, Policy press, 2018 with P. Hassenteufel and P. Zittoun; Policy instrumentation, Presses de Sciences Po, 2014 with P. Lascoumes and P. Le Galès), special issues and articles in academic journals (Comparative European Politics; West European Politics; Politique européenne; Espacestemps.net) and chapters in peer-reviewed books. She is the scientific director of the Sciences Po Urban school’s Master program “Stratégies territoriales et urbaines” and of the Double Degree “Urban policies” with the London School of Economics.
Philippe Zittoun is research Professor of political science at the LAET-ENTPE of the University of Lyon and the General Secretary of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA). He is co-editor of the International Series on Public Policy for Palgrave-McMillan and serves on the Editorial board of many scientific journals (Critical Policy Studies, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Policy Studies Journal, Policy and Society, Policy Research Journal, etc.). He has been a visiting Professor at Yale University and has given lectures in different universities around the World. He has published 7 books and a large number of articles. His most recent books include "The Political Process of Policymaking, a pragmatic approach to public policy" (Palgrave 2014), "The Contemporary Approaches to Public Policy: Theories, Controversies, and Perspectives" (Palgrave, 2016) (with Guy Peters), and "Policy Analysis in France" (Policy Press, 2018). His studies focus on a constructivist and pragmatist approach to policy making.
Rethinking the political Decision-making process
This course focuses on the decision-making process by mobilizing different qualitative perspectives. Its main objective is to identify and discuss how we can empirically and methodologically grasp the decision-making process by reinterrogating the policy process. Since 1970, the question of decision has been erased by the research dynamic around the policy process itself. After the incapacity to solve this famous question of who governs, the decision has first been understood as the result of other processes, such as the problem definition and its eruption to the institutionalization, the policy solution formulation and its policy windows, etc. Most of the approaches have looked outside the decision itself to understand it. After examining the different theories on the field, our course will come back to the decision itself and its role in the policy process. Can we consider that the decision plays its own and autonomous role? Our main perspective is to consider that if the decision is not what we expected, someone who solved a problem by choosing the best solution, it is not nothing. It is a political phenomenon where there are struggles about the definition of "decisionmaker" and powerful position.
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY ASSOCIATION
LAET-ENTPE, 3 Rue Maurice Audin
69120 Vaulx en Velin, France
Tel. +33 (0) 72 04 72 53