Public Policy and Administration at the at IPSA World Congress Madrid 8-12 July 2012

The Next Big Thing for public policy and administration people is the IPSA World Congress in Madrid. We have a wide range of panels organized, some co-sponsored by other research committees. If you’re interested in any of these panels, contact the organizers for further details. To register for information on the congress, go to

RC32 panels

1. Public policy development in post-communist countries: problems and decisions Proposers: Alexander Sungurov (St Petersburg)( and Zdravko Petak (Zagreb) (

2. Speaking truth to power? Critical perspectives on evidence-based policy making Proposers: Pekka Kettunen (Jyväskylä, Finland)(, Holger Strassheim (Humboldt, Berlin)

3. Patient empowerment and democratic policy: political challenges and theoretical issues (co-sponsored by RC25 Health Policy and Public Policy Group, Belgian Association of Political Science) Proposers: Fabrizio Cantelli (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, with Hal Colebatch, New South Wales, and Jim Bjorkman as a co-sponsors

4. Governance, metagovernance and the state (co-sponsored with RC31 Political Philosophy) Proposer: Paul Fawcett (Sydney)and Hal Colebatch (New South Wales, Preston King as co-sponsor.

5. Making it official: organisation, discourse and technology in the construction of policy Proposer: Hal Colebatch (New South Wales and RC32),,

6. Public policy making and challenges of underdevelopment (co-sponsored with RC30 Comparative Public Policy)

Proposer: Godwin Onu (Oko Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria,

7. The Rescaling of Environmental Governance Chair: Dr Jens Newig (Leuphana University, Germany Co-Chair: Dr Timothy Moss (Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), Erkner, Germany Discussant: Dr Mark N Lubel (University of California, Davis

8. Policy making for the rural sector Proposer: Troy Whitford (Charles Sturt, Australia).

9. The provision of public services; from public/municipal sector to private sector provision – and reverse (“re-municipalization“)? (co-sponsored with RC05 Local Government) Proposer: Hellmut Wollmann, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

10. Policy Work in Comparative Perspective (co-sponsored with RC30 Comparative Public Policy) Proposer: Michael Howlett (Simon Fraser University, chair of RC 30,

11. Policy processes as politics (co-sponsored with RC30 Comparative Public Policy) Panel Chairs: Mark Bevir (Berkeley, USA) & Philippe Zittoun (ENTPE-LET Lyon, IEP Grenoble, France)

12. Comparative governance and public administration education Chair: George Vernadakis, Middle Tennessee State, USA, Co–Chair: Ivan Kopric, Zagreb, Croatia Discussant: Leslie Pal, Carleton, Canada,