Date: 2014-10-24
Time: 00:00:00
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CPSA 2015 Panel Proposal - Studying Public Policy

CPSA 2015 Panel Proposal

Studying Public Policy


In 1976, Richard Simeon published `Studying Public Policy’ in the Canadian Journal of Political Science. The purpose of this panel is to take stock of the continuing relevance of central arguments in Simeon’s article and to appraise the subsequent theoretical development of the field of comparative public policy.


Papers are invited on the following themes Simeon identified as central to policy studies: first, the goal of explaining—not prescribing--the scope, instruments, and distributive impact of public policies; second, the use of methods of comparative analyses rather than case studies; third, a focus on the policy process; fourth, attention to the exercise of power; and fifth, the equation of public policy with the actions of state actors.


In addressing these themes, papers are invited to consider whether the study of public policy has developed as Simeon proposed, and further, the insights that have been gained—but equally, overlooked--by following his orientation.


Please submit a 250 word abstract by Thursday, October 30 to:

Grace Skogstad (skogstad@chass.utoronto.ca)

Linda White (lwhite@chass.utoronto.ca)



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