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Interpretive approaches to research and analysis—methodologies and methods concerned with situated meaning(s), historical context(s), and the importance of human subjectivity—are experiencing renewed interest and revitalisation in the social sciences broadly. They constitute the basic cornerstone of a critical approach to policy analysis which challenges the positivism and scientism that still characterize much policy analytic research. […]


At the heart of the Interpretive Policy Analysis network lies the International Interpretive Policy Analysis conference (IPA). Since the first event in Birmingham in 2006, successful conferences have been held in  Amsterdam, Essex, Kassel, Grenoble, Cardiff, Tilburg, Vienna, Wageningen, Lille, Hull and Leicester. The International Interpretive Policy Analysis conference includes: ‘normal paper sessions’, methodology workshops in which early career scholars can receive […]


First Summerschool held…. Interpretive Policy Analysis Summerschool 2018: Conflict and sustainable futures When: 9-13 July 2018 Where: AMS, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Organization: WUR, with support of ECPR and AMS This intensive PhD summer school (3 ects) will provide PhD students with in-depth knowledge of interpretive methodologies and theories to understand and intervene in conflicts about sustainable […]


The Interpretive Policy Analysis network is closely linked to the journal of Critical Policy Studies. The journal of Critical Policy Studies 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. The journal offers a unique forum for researchers, policy-makers […]

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Summerschool 2019

Summerschool 2019: Interpretive Political Science When: 20/05/2019 – 22/05/2019 Where: University of Southhampton (UK) Organisation: National Center for Research Methods (NCRM) Many of those who decide to undertake qualitative or interpretive research feel they are unqualified to do so. They express deep-seated confusion about the reliability and generalizability of data, results, and conclusions. In particular […]