Date: 2014-12-05
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Catégorie: Call for Papers
Sujet: Panel T02P11: Analysing Instruments of Public Policy: The case of social policy



Panel T02P11: Analysing Instruments of Public Policy: The case of social policy


Call for papers


Chair: Jane Jenson, Université de Montréal, jenson.jane@umontreal.ca

Co-Chair : Nora Nagels, Université du Québec à Montréal, nagels.nora@uqam.ca


Interest in policy instruments is growing. Both policy paradigms and technology not to mention ideology generate a range of tools to reach the goals of public policy. Also, redefinition of the state’s role in the direction of partnership with both the private and community sectors, alternatives have multiplied. Lascoumes, Le Galès and co-authors (2005; 2007; 2013) have proposed a political sociology approach to the analysis of instruments. As these authors remind us, no instrument is neutral in its effects, and decision-makers' selection rests on a theorising (explicit or not) about the relationship between governed and governor.


This panel is aligned with this political sociological approach. Much work has been done on policy instruments but the approach’s roots in taxing, mapping, policing, and economic and spatial regulation has meant that it is less familiar to those concerned with instrument choice and consequences in the fields of social policy. The goal of the panel is to fill this gap. The social policy domain has seen numerous changes in and diffusion of instruments, such as reliance on fiscal income transfers and conditional transfers; provision of early childhood education; pension financing; care provision; and so on. Moreover, these instruments have emerged not only from the traditionally powerful states of the Global North but in some interesting cases from within the Global South. This panel is particularly concerned, therefore, to present case studies or comparative analysis of: innovations in social policy instruments and instrumentation; diffusion of social policy instruments across scale and space; variation in instruments in accordance with targeted populations, whether mainstream or marginal; shifts in the meaning of the instrument and its objectives over time. Papers are welcome that deal with social policy instruments in a range of geographical cases and of scales (local, provincial, national, supra, inter and transnational).


Paper proposals (400-500 words) must be submitted on the website of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) before 15 January 2015 at the following address:




For further information about the ICCP, see: http://www.icpublicpolicy.org/



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