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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. […]

Conferences

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 next IPA conference will be held 28 Febr. – 3 March 2018 in Ahmedabad, India. The International […]

Summerschool

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 […]

Journal

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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For any questions or further information, please contact the IPA organization by email: contact@ipa.science