International Winter School on Public Policy - Grenoble edition


Following the success of the previous Summer School Programs in Brasilia - the 3rd edition will be held this year  -, IPPA is launching the "International Winter School on Public Policy - Grenoble 2018" (8th to 12th January 2018) with the support of Science Po Grenoble, PACTE, ENTPE, LAET, IDEX Grenoble and CNRS. 



"It was an amazing experience, mainly because I knew some interesting people and ideas. This activity was important for my research. The conferences were very innovative."

  Maria da Glória Santos Laia (participant of Summer Schools in Brasilia, May 2017)




 "It's a fantastic experience because you have the opportunity to attend lectures with famous professors in the area, exchange experiences with other researchers and practitioners, in order to form a network. I recommend and I really want to participate in the next editions."

  Lia Almeida (participant of Summer Schools in Brasilia, May 2017)



The main objective of this International Winter School is to provide advice and knowledge on Public Policy theories, concepts and methodologies to analyze public policy. Courses & lectures in the morning will be alternated with workshops in the afternoon. All lectures, courses, and workshops will be given by International scholars. 


Each PhD student and young scholar will have the opportunity to follow: 

  • 5 one-hour lectures from 5 different International scholars to obtain an overview of specific approaches, concepts, and theories

  • One 10-hour course by an International scholar on a specific issue. Each group will have 20 students and each student can choose his or her course

  • One 10-hour workshop in a small group of 12 participants to discuss participants' research projects. Each project will be discussed for up to 45 minutes. 

The Winter School will be held in a location that will provide both accommodation and meals, Le Manoir aux Lauzes. The Manoir is located in the mountains at Autrans (alt. 1000m), France - only 40 Km from Grenoble -  is ideal for intellectual debate and conducive to work.


To get to the "Manoir aux Lauzes", participants have 2 options.

The first one is to take the train to Grenoble. And from Grenoble the bus till Autrans. 


The second option is a flight to Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport and the direct bus from Airport in Lyon to Grenoble (around 1h). From Grenoble, there is a bus to Autrans (around 1h).


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 Public Policy Scholarship and the Aaron Wildavsky APSA Award for Enduring Contributions to the Field of Public Policy Studies.

 Grace Skostad is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and currently chair of the Department of Political Science at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto. She served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2002-03. She specializes in comparative public policy,  combining political economy and historical institutionalist approaches. Her substantive areas of focus are North American and EU policies with respect to agriculture,  genetically modified crops and foods, and, biofuels. Professor Skogstad has published ten books, and over 70 articles and book chapters.

 Chris Weible received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California Davis. He earned a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington. His research and teaching center on political conflict and concord in relation to public policy issues. He co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) and is currently serving as the Director for the PhD Program for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Weible co-edited Theories of the Policy Process and Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracturing. He teaches courses in environmental politics, policy processes, policy analysis, and research methods and design. Recent and current research include studying multi-stakeholder collaboration processes in aquaculture partnerships, assessing policy designs and improving outcomes in organic farming, and analyzing the politics of unconventional oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing (fracking). He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. 

 Claudio Radaelli is the Anniversary Chair in Politics at the University of Exeter, where he directs the Centre for European Governance and holds the Jean Monnet Chair in Political Economy. He was awarded his first European Research Council advanced grant on Analysis of Learning in Regulatory Governance for the period in 2009 and a new ERC advanced grant on Procedural Tools for Effective Governance covering the years 2016-2020. Claudio has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored and edited 18 volumes and special issues. He has supervised several dissertations in political science at Exeter and at the University of Agder in Norway, and has acted as external examiner for doctoral projects in Europe and the US. During the years Claudio and his Exeter colleague Professor Claire Dunlop have developed a research agenda on learning as theoretical lens on the policy process: this course is the product of this joint intellectual effort.

 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 policymaking.  



10-HOUR course ON public policy processes: theory, methods, and politics


Participants can follow one of the available 10-hour courses. When registering, you will be asked to list the 5 courses in order of preference.


Course 1: The Public Policy Process in Critical Perspective: Comparing Empirical and Deliberative Approaches by Frank Fischer

This course 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 methodological 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.


Course 2: Historical Institutionalism and Public Policy by Grace Skostad

This lecture will discuss the causal mechanisms used by historical institutionalists to explain public policy continuity and change over time. The lecture will focus in particular on the a) self-reinforcing and self-undermining feedback as constituted by material and ideational effects; b) the significance of the interactive effects of feedback effects with the political-institutional context of policy development; and c) methods to demonstrate the causal effects of policy feedback.


Course 3: Understanding, Applying, and Advancing Policy Process Theories by Chris Weible

This course will offer a deep understanding of three theories of the policy process as a vehicle for developing skills for understanding, applying, and advancing policy process theories in general. The focus will mostly be on three of the more established policy process theories including the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework, the Narrative Policy Framework, and the Advocacy Coalition Framework.  For each, we will explore strategies for learning and critiquing theories and best practices for applying them, such as textual analysis, interviews, and surveys.  The course will also include techniques for analyzing empirical applications of them. The course will end with an exploration into some of the newer theories for studying public policy issues and ideas for drawing practical lessons from policy process theories.


Course 4: Learning about Policy learning: concepts, methods and design by Claudio Radaelli

There is considerable scientific and practical interest in learning in public policy, but what is it exactly, how do we measure it, and are all forms of learning efficient and legitimate? When do policy-makers learn the good or bad lessons, design the smart or incorrect incentives for learning, and listen to the best or worst teachers? Who legitimates these teachers by the way? In this highly interactive, practical course we will address these questions by building a robust conceptual framework grounded on different types of learning. We will then introduce and appraise the empirical methods available in political science and how they relate to theoretical propositions about the policy process. Along the way, we will find different characters: the teacher, the expert, the facilitator, the hired-gun … but we will also look at learning in different circumstances, for example when policy-makers bargain, or when public managers cultivate implementation and rule enforcement. In the final sessions we will discuss whether it is possible to design governance architectures for learning and the normative implications of learning as a theoretical lens on the policy process.


Course 5: The Political Process of Policymaking by Philippe Zittoun

This course revolves around Professor Zittoun's book "The Political Process of Policymaking." Its main objective is to identify and discuss how we can grasp the political dimension of the policy process by observing and defining the struggles around the problem but also around the meaning of proposed solutions. Special attention will be paid to the building of coalitions, existing powerful dimensions, and the different challenges solutions encounter along their path. Why do some solutions manage to make it to the decision-making process whereas others fail? Under what conditions and at what price do solutions make it to the solution agenda? How do some actors succeed in "domesticating" "wicked" problems? First, this course will explore the career of a public problem, from emergence to agenda setting.  Second, it will explore the career of the proposal as it passes through different arenas such as bureaucracy, the advice system, and the political arena. Policy problems and solutions will be observed on the basis of three games: the game of language where a statement takes on meaning and becomes a problem/solution, the game of actors where this definition is stabilized through coalition building, and the game of power through the formation of multiple levels of power. The course will draw on the studies undertaken by key authors in the field and will explore how they perceive the political dimension in the policy process. It will also propose different concepts and approaches to help grasp the policy process from a different perspective. 



10-Hour Workshops focused on Your Research Project


As a Ph.D. student or young scholar, you're working on a research project. The Winter School Program provides you with an opportunity to present and discuss your project within a small group. This is the best way to explore and test your research problem, your methodology, and your hypothesis. Each participant will receive approximately 30 to 45 minutes to present his or her project which will then be discussed by an International scholar and by other Ph.D. students participating in the group. Consequently, participants will discuss each other's projects during the research workshops. 

The interaction between participants around research projects is pedagogically relevant as it makes it possible to increase awareness of significant scientific schools of thought on Public Policy and to clarify conceptual assumptions and empirical approaches in their research. This has an impact on the originality and quality of participants' research and helps them gain knowledge on concepts, approaches and methodological issues which help incorporate an international aspect to each project. 



Final Roundtable - ScienceS Po Grenoble (Amphi F) - FRIDAY 12th JANUARY / 14h30-16h30

To conclude the Winter School, we organised a roundtable on

"How and why study public policies in times of crises?"

The Roundtable aims to launch a debate on how the different policy approaches each of the participants stands for might help us to understand the challenges of contemporary liberal democracies.

  1. Can policy approaches help us to understand the rise of extremist parties, populism, the resilience of neo-liberalism, an increasing complexity of decision-making processes, a fostering of participatory democracy and a perception of elite-led policies … ?
  2. Can and should policy approaches help political actors? And if yes, how? Is there a theoretical usefulness of policy advice?

With Frank Fisher, Claudio Radaelli, Grace Skogstad, Chris Weible, Philippe Zittoun,

Claire Dupuy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, PACTE

Sabine Saurugger, Professor of Political Science, Research Dean, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, PACTE


To apply for the International WINTER School - CLOSED

Call for Applications: 25th August - 30th September 2017 (extended deadline - 20th October 2017 !)


The application and selection of Ph.D. students and young scholars (less than three years after obtaining their Ph.D.) for the Winter School is based on the research project proposed by the students and young scholars.


The research project must be presented as a PDF document and should be approximately three pages long. It must underscore:


  • The research question. What issues does the project seek to highlight and why? These could be theoretical research questions or methodological questions. 
  • In what context do these issues occur? The proposal should present the context in which these issues are found and justify why, taking into account this context, the issue is relevant.
  • What is the scientific relevance of the research question? The document should present a brief state-of-the-art and identify specific expected contributions and the approaches and concepts mobilized.
  • What will the research project contribute to existing studies? What kind of hypotheses does the project explore? Why are these original and how will they help highlight different aspects of the main research question?
  • Which methods will be used? 


Results of Call for Applications: End of October 2017


To apply:

1) Log in or create an IPPA account,

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

3) Follow the procedures outlined (upload the presentation of your research project (3 to 5 pages in PDF). Please indicate the document title as follows: Surname_Project Research Title



Registration Fee

The registration fee for the International Winter Course is: 

  • €320 for all IPPA members (individuals and institutionals)
  • €450 for non-IPPA members 


Please note that the IPPA membership fee for 2017-2018 is € 35 for Ph.D. students and €105 for others


Free Registration and Accomodation for CNRS Staff 


Payment deadline: 7th November 2017

A very limited number of spaces is available. 



The cost for accommodation is € 300 for 4 nights (€ 75/night from Monday to Friday) in a twin / triple room and it covers all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.


You can add options such as:

- Single room for 4 nights (limited): + € 100 (€ 25*4)
- Additional day (Sunday 7th January) in a twin double or triple room (lunch/ dinner & night) : + €75 
- Additional day (Sunday 7th) in single room (lunch/ dinner & night): +100€ 

The entire Winter School program will take place in a "Manoir." Both the conference rooms and accommodation are at the Manoir. The Manoir aux Lauzes is located at the heart of Autrans, a beautiful small village in the Vercors massif, 40 km from Grenoble. A bus is available which goes from Grenoble to the Manoirs regularly. 





There are different types of rooms: 

  • There are a few single bedrooms
  • Most of the rooms are double and triple rooms




For more information, click here to visit the Manoir's website.




Monday, 8th January 2018 


  • 9:00 am: Welcome Speech and presentation of the Winter School 
  • 1st Lecturer 
  • 10:30-12:30: Morning Course 
  • 14:00-17:00: Workshop with presentations of doctoral research


Tuesday, 9th January 2018


  • 9:00-10:00 am: 2nd Lecturer 
  • 10:30-12:30: Course 
  • 14:00-17:00: Workshop with presentations of doctoral research 


Wednesday, 10th January 2018


  • 9:00-10:00 am: 3rd Lecturer
  • 10:30-12:30: Course
  • 14:00-17:00: Workshop with presentations of doctoral research


Thursday, 11th January 2018


  • 9:00-10:00 am: 4th Lecturer
  • 10:30-12:30: Course
  • 14:00-17:00: Workshop with presentations of doctoral research


Friday, 12th January 2018


  • 9:00-10:00 am: 5th Lecturer
  • 10:30-12:30: Course
  • 14:00-17:00: Workshop with presentations of doctoral research





In the unfortunate event of you not being able to attend our Summer School, even after paying the registration fees, we will process the refunds for you according to the General Refund Rules listed below:


General Refund Rules
IPPA Membership Fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Before 7th November 2017: 100% reimbursement of registration fees, lunches and accomodation (except IPPA membership fees)
Between 7th to 30th November 2017: 50% reimbursement of registration fees, lunches and accomodation (except IPPA membership fees)
After 1st December 2017: NO reimbursements will be made.

Partial refunds are not possible (refund of only lunch, night, etc).
If you have taken a refund during one payment period, you will not be able to re-register in the same payment period.
Special refund considerations can be made for people encountering visa problems or with personal emergencies. Proof has to be presented for the same and the final decision on the refund rests with the Association.
All disputes arising out of the registration process will be subjected to laws in the Republic of France.