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Master's course in public policy - Berlin, Germany


The University of Potsdam is proud to announce its new English language Master’s program in the field of public administration and public policy first being offered in the summer semester 2016:

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New organisation formed in the public policy field

We are advised that 'To support the organization of the biannual ICPP conference, the development of this ICPP website and other activities linked to promoting research on Public Policy, the main members of the ICPP have created the International Public Policy Association (IPPA).

There is a tantalising (for political scientists) absence of detail about how this organisation was brought into existence, how the constitution was adopted and how the executive committee was formed, but perhaps (to paraphrase Bismarck), organisations are like sausages: if you want to enjoy them, you should not see them being made.

The Constitution of the IPPA as well as information on the Executive Committee and membership is now available on the website, and can be viewed just by reading on.

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Policy Studies Research Group formed in Australian PSA

A Policy Studies Research Group has been formed within the Australian Political Science Association and will gather for the first time at the APSA Conference in Sydney in September.

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Call for Submissions of Interest, International Comparative Research Project on Depoliticisation

APDSG is inviting members to contribute towards a new, cutting edge research project currently being developed by its convenors. Our Chair Pinar Donmez and Adam Standring (New University of Lisbon) secured a place for APDSG’s convenors to attend this year’s prestigious ECPR research sessions from July 8-11 at the University of Essex and develop a funding proposal for an international research project on depoliticisation. This project will improve the state of the art of depoliticisation research by providing the first systematic comparative study of depoliticisation examining a range of original empirical cases in new policy areas and countries. In this context APDSG wishes to invite its members to contribute to the project to improve our conceptual and empirical understanding of depoliticisation and its effects on democracy in advanced and developing capitalist states. Places on this project, and the amount of funds available, are limited, so scholars are encouraged to submit expressions of interest by Friday June 13th only if there is a high probability they will be engaged in all aspects of the project.

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Master in Public Policy and Social Change (MAPS) of the Collegio Carlo Alberto and the University of Turin

MAPS is an advanced programme taught in English at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, a real hidden gem of Italy and one of Europe’s most important and dynamic cities, with a vibrant city and nightlife. MAPS is open to students with a 4-year BA, or BA+MA. In 2014-15 MAPS faculty will feature, among others, Chiara Saraceno (Collegio Carlo Alberto), Bruno Palier (Sciences-Po Paris), Margarita Estevez-Abe (Syracuse University & Collegio Carlo Alberto), Klaus Armingeon (University of Berne), Stefaan De Rynck (European Commission), Martin Rhodes (University of Denver).

MAPS tuition fee is 5,000 €. Tuition waivers and scholarships are available on a competitive basis for those who apply by April 15st, 2014. Afterwards, a rolling application will be kept open.

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Introducing a new journal: Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies

The Crawford School of Public Policy of Australian National University invites you to publish in an exciting new journal called Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies. The journal is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that targets research in policy studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Authors publishing in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies benefit from:

   unrestricted international readership in the academic and policy community, via Open Access publication on Wiley Online Library, with no author fees
   contributing to multidisciplinary research in public policy in Australia, Asia and the Pacific
   exposure to influential policymakers in Asia and the Pacific, and throughout the world
   publication in a journal led by a world-class multidisciplinary editorial team, including Quentin Grafton, Ann Florini, Martin Painter, Stephan Haggard, Kelley Lee, Huang Jikun, Ngo Van Long, Colin Talbot, Peter Larmour, John Gibson, Robert Glennon, Dale Squires, Henrik Hansen and Dominique van de Walle.

About the Journal

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies is the flagship journal of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. The Journal aims to break down barriers across disciplines, and generate policy impact.

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies has funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and commissions research in areas of particular interest to the Journal's Editors and AusAID.

Aims and scope

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that targets research in policy studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, with a discipline focus that includes governance, economics, political science, development and the environment. Specific themes of interest include health and education, aid, migration, public administration, climate change, energy, the environment, food policy, the role of the private sector in public policy, trade, foreign policy, natural resource management and development policy.

Editorial team

The Editorial office for Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies is based in the Crawford School at the Australian National University in Canberra. Professor Tom Kompas, Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy, is the founding Editor-in-Chief. Professor Kompas is supported by a distinguished group of Editors drawn from across various disciplines, and from Australia, the region and the world.


   Tom Kompas, The Australian National University

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies is published online three times a year by Wiley Blackwell, with all contributions made freely available from Wiley Online Library without restriction. The first issue will be published in early 2014 and 'early view papers' will be made available from September 2013.

.................................. Contact Information

Mr Sung Lee Director Research Communications Crawford School of Public Policy The Australian National University (E) sung.lee@anu.edu.au EDITORIAL OFFICE Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia PHONE +61 2 6125 9563 FAX +61 2 6125 5448 EMAIL asiaandthepacificpolicystudies@anu.edu.au


Affiliation with Critical Policy Studies

We look back on many successful RC32 (co-)sponsored panels at the IPSA World Congress Meetings in Madrid, in July 2012. One of the innovations resulting from that conference is that RC32 is now officially affiliated with the international policy studies journal Critical Policy Studies (CPS). Like IPSA RC32, the journal CPS offers a forum for researchers, policymakers and practitioners. CPS brings contemporary theoretical and methodological discussions, both normative and empirical, to bear on the understanding and analysis of public policy, at local, national and global levels. To this end, the journal concentrates on the relation of political and policy theory to specific practices of governance. This necessitates rigorous research, and an emphasis on the interplay between quantitative and qualitative modes of inquiry. We encourage RC32 members to publish their work in CPS, and read its articles as stimulus for their own research and teaching.///// The Board expresses its intentions to continue to facilitate as much as possible the many research and conference and other meeting initiatives by RC32 members. Please, contact us, even if your ideas are just in a preliminary stage. We are devoted to having conferences and meetings on several continents – especially in Asia and Africa. ////



Welcome to the 2012 website of Research Committee 32 of the International Political Science Association.

Here is your new board:

RC32 Board 2012 - 2014

Chair Robert Hoppe, University of Twente, Netherlands (r.hoppe@utwente.nl)

Professor of Knowledge & Policy, Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), School of Management & Governance, University of Twente, Postbox 217, 7500 AE Enschede, Netherlands, +31 53 4899 4684, Fax +31 53 4892159

Vice-chair Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France (pzittoun@gmail.com)

Research Professor in Political Science, University of Lyon (LET-ENTPE) Professor at Science Po Grenoble Vice-Chair of Research Committee "Public Policy and Administration" Visiting Professor, Yale University (2010) LET-ENTPE 2 rue Maurice Audin 69120 Vaulx en Velin Tél. : (33) Po. (33) Fax : (33) email : pzittoun@gmail.com

Vice-chair Frank Fischer, Rutgers University, USA (ffischer@rutgers.edu)

Distinguished professor of politics and global affairs at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and of public policy and planning at the E. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on the New Brunswick campus. He is also a senior faculty fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany. Political Science Dept., Rutgers University, 719 Hill Hall, Newark, New Jersey 07102 USA. Tel: 973 353 5105

Secretary Tim Tenbensel, University of Auckland, New Zealand (t.tenbensel@auckland.ac.nz)

Past chair Hal Colebatch , University of New South Wales, Australia (hal@colebatch.com)

Board Members

Nina Belyaeva, Higher School of Economics, Russia (nina.belyaeva@gmail.com)

Jean-Gabriel Contamin, University of Lille 2, France (jean-gabriel.contamin@univ-lille2.fr)

Paul Fawcett, University of Sydney, Australia (paul.fawcett@sydney.edu.au)

Morten Balle Hansen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark (mbh@dps.aau.dk)

Pekka Kettunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (pekka.t.kettunen@jyu.fi)

Pan Suk Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea (pankim@gmail.com)

Ivan Kopric, University of Zagreb, Croatia (ikopric@pravo.hr)

Marcello Mancilla, Los Lagos, Chile (mmancill@ulagos.cl)

Alberto Martin-Perez, University of Barcelona, Spain (amartinperez@ub.edu)

Godwin Onu, Oko Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria (godwinonu2003@yahoo.com)

Zdravko Petak, University of Zagreb, Croatia (zpetak@fpzg.hr)

Alexander Sungurov, Higher School of Economic, St.Petersburg, Russia (asungurov@mail.ru)

Arnost Vesely, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic (vesely.arnost@centrum.cz)

Hellmut Wollmann, Humboldt University, Berlin (hellmut.wollmann@rz.hu-berlin.de)


Fulltime position for the coordination of an EU project - Germany

The Jean-Monnet Centre for European Studies and Transnational Regulations at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) offers a full-time position for a sociologist or political scientist for the coordination of an EU project entitled "Combating Poverty in Europe: Re-organising Active Inclusion through Participatory and Integrated Modes of Multilevel Governance" (COPE). The position is for an initial duration of two years, starting from February, 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project focuses on the political and organisational challenges of the complex governance models which have evolved in the field of European, national and local poverty, inclusion and minimum income policies. COPE will study how minimum income schemes for three different groups (lone mothers, long-term unemployed, working poor) are organised in five EU countries (Italy, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK) and how they cope with multilevel and multi-stakeholder modes of co-producing active inclusion policies. In addition, we will analyse the impact of multilevel, multidimensional and multi-stakeholder regimes on the individually perceived situation of the poor and the life courses of the most vulnerable social groups.

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Research Committee on Administrative Culture

RC 48 on “administrative culture” has a new chair, Dr. Rosamund Thomas, director of the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics in Cambridge, UK. IPSA members interested in joining RC 48 are invited to contact Dr. Thomas as soon as possible at info@ethicscentre.org, citing full details, including contact information and a photograph for the new RC 48 website.

This research group will present the following two panel themes at the Madrid Conference in 2012: “Ethics in Public Administration, Including Corruption/Anti-Corruption”; and “Current and Future Issues in Public Administration as They Affect Administrative Culture.”

Persons intent on presenting a paper on one of these themes at the Madrid Conference are asked to contact Dr. Thomas. If business ethics and anti-corruption are your fields of interest, please see Rosamund’s new book Business Ethics (ISBN 978-1-871891-04-1). For details please contact Dr. Thomas at the email address cited above or go to www.ethicscentre.org .


Successful conference in Dubrovnik

RC32 has just held a very successful conference on ‘Developing policy in different cultural contexts’ in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This was held in the University of Zagreb’s Centre for Advanced Academic Studies on the edge of the Old City (see photo), and was well attended by scholars both from the ‘transitional polities’ of the western Balkans (the former Yugoslavia), and from further afield. The conference brought together a number of scholarly and professional perspectives, and was co-sponsored by RC5 (local government), the Research Committee on Public Policy and Governance of the Russian Political Science Association, the Croatian Political Science Association, and the Croatian Institute of Public Administration.

The topics discussed ranged from analytical constructs to empirical reports, and from the local through the national to the European scale. There was particular interest in policy as a field of specialized activity, with ‘policy analysts’ emerging as a professional group, while at the same time, non-government groups are being drawn into the policy process, raising questions about what impact this official recognition might have on their character and mode of operation.

Many of the papers focused on the ‘modernisation’ of the governmental process in the western Balkans, and the impact of external models on this process – the norms of the OECD, the expectations of aid donors, and most of all, the specific requirements of the EU for candidate countries: the acquis communitaire.

More detail is available on the conference website http://www.politologija.hr/hr.konferencije.php?id=34&konf=3




On behalf of the Policy Studies Organization we invite you to submit your syllabi for publication in the PSO Proceedings, available permanently online at http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/. We believe there is lots of work being done in policy teaching that needs to be shared.

The PSO Proceedings are a tool for teaching. They appear four times a year as an adjunct to all ten of the PSO journals and are among the most widely distributed sources in the policy world. Besides syllabi, other material such as meeting and professional announcements, necrology, scholarships and fellowships will be also considered for inclusion. All material should be sent in .doc or any other editable format, and should be sent to the Proceedings Editor, Daniel Gutierrez at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org.

Sincerely, Paul Rich President Policy Studies Organization This message was sent by: Policy Studies Organization, 1527 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Manage your subscription: http://app.icontact.com/icp/mmail-mprofile.pl?r=1027210796&l=60453&s=S0SO&m=2008999&c=421923


The practice of policy: continuing the conversation

There has been some very fruitful discussion about policy practice, and in particular about policy activity as work, at a number of venues over the last couple of year, including a workshop in Utrecht in 2007, a conference in Dubrovnik in 2008, the IPSA World Congress in Santiago in 2009, and the Interpretive Policy Analysis conference in Grenoble in June this year.

The discussion at Utrecht gave rise to a book, Working for Policy, edited by Colebatch, Hoppe and Noordegraaf, which has just been published by Amsterdam University Press. It brings together theoretical work, empirical research, and experiential accounts by policy practitioners; see http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=show_visitor_book&isbn=9789089642530 for more details.

In 2011 there will be a number of venues to continue this discussion, but since they are all being sponsored by different organisations and will have different characteristics, I thought it worth telling everyone about all of them, so that you can all decide which (if any) of them would be a good place to discuss your research and to raise questions which should be pursued.

First up is the annual conference of NISPAcee, the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, which will be held in Varna, Bulgaria on 19-22 May. Here, the underlying question might be seen as ‘what do we know about the management of public business, and how do we teach it ?’.

There will be a ‘Working group on public policy development issues’ which will be specifically addressed to the practices through which policy is developed, and what this tells us about the learning needs of different participants (and would-be participants) in the policy process. Proposals for papers for this working group should be submitted by 15 November. See http://www.nispa.sk/_portal/conference.php?sid=654&cid=19, the conference web site; more information can be obtained from Les Pal (lesliepal@gmail.com)

There has been a particular interest in Croatia in policy as a vehicle for interrogating and participating in governing, and there will be a further conference in Dubrovnik in June (probably 10-12: to be confirmed) on the topic ‘Developing policy in different cultural contexts: learning from study, learning from experience’. This will be hosted by the IPSA Research Committee on Policy and Public Administration in conjunction with the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Political Science Association, and the Croatian Institute of Public Administration. It will have four elements:

1) analytical conceptual questions

2) research on policy practice, especially in South-East Europe

3) reforming public administration in South-East Europe

4)a specific focus on policy practice relating to higher education

Those interested in presenting at this conference should contact Zdravko Petak (zpetak@fpzg.hr) or Hal Colebatch (hal@colebatch.com).

The third opportunity is the European Consortium for Political Research meeting in Reykjavik on 25-27 August, at which a section is being organized on ‘The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Policy Discourse and Public Deliberation’. In this section, a panel on ‘The interpretive turn and the work of policy’ has been proposed (to be confirmed), which will examine the contribution of Fischer and Forester’s The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning to more recent empirical and conceptual research on policy practice, and in particular, explore questions about

- problematisation and participation

- stabilization of practice, norm-setting, identity and accountability

- linkage and the negotiation of meaning across organizations

- the mobilization of public authority in governing public concerns

See http://www.ecprnet.eu/conferences/general_conference/Reykjavik/ or contact Rob Hoppe at r.hoppe@utwente.nl.


Board members

IPSA Research Committee on Public Policy and Administration

Board, 2009-2012


Hal Colebatch (New South Wales, Australia) hal@colebatch.com


Pan Suk Kim (Yonsei, Korea) pankim@gmail.com

Leslie Pal (Carleton, Canada) lesliepal@gmail.com


Pekka Kettunen (Jyväskylä, Finland) pekka.t.kettunen@jyu.fi


Marcello Mancilla (Los Lagos, Chile) mmancill@ulagos.cl

Godwin Onu (Oko Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria) godwinonu2003@yahoo.com

Zdravko Petak (Zagreb, Croatia) zpetak@fpzg.hr

M. Ramesh (Hong Kong, China) mramesh@hku.hk

Leonid Smorgunov (St Petersburg, Russia) leonid@ls2502.spb.edu

Alexander Sungurov (St Petersburg, Russia) asungurov@mail.ru

Jill Tao (Hawaii, US) jilltao@hawaii.edu

Tim Tenbensel (Auckland, New Zealand) t.tenbensel@auckland.ac.nz

Hellmut Wollman (Humboldt. Germany) h0598bce@rz.hu-berlin.de

Philippe Zittoun (Lyon, France) pzittoun@gmail.com