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We frequently get questions about upcoming events on Interpretive Policy Analysis. Here you can find links to upcoming events that are offered by various members of the IPA network.  Please contact us at contact@ipa.science if you would like to alert the network of any policy or political science event that is methodologically interpretivist in orientation such as conferences, panels, workshops, etc.

ECPR Joint Session of Workshops

Workshop “How Policy Conflicts Develop: Interpretation and Action in Policy Making”

When: 14 – 17 April 2020

Where: Toulouse (France)

Who: Imrat Verhoeven and Wouter van Dooren

In policy studies, conflict is generally treated as something to be avoided or resolved. Good policy processes seek consensus by creating mutual gains (Susskind & Cruikshank 1987, Susskind & Field 1996) to allow for the normative ‘leap from is to ought’ that characterizes policy change (Rein & Schon 1993). As Weible and Heikkila (2017) observe, policy scholars and political scientists mostly treat conflict as a background concept while focusing on other phenomena, or they study conflict indirectly as protest mobilization, competing values, or other political activities. […]

Public Administration Theory Network (PAT Net) Conference

Panel on Grounded Normative Theory

When: 11 – 14 June 2020

Where: Malmo (Sweden)

Who: Mirjam Pot and Wanda Spahl

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Public Administration Theory Network will explore the role of public administration in confronting contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental challenges. Such challenges include but are not limited to climate change, increasing political and economic inequalities, the rise of finance capitalism and surveillance states, and the erosion of democracy. As part of this conference, Mirjam Pot and Wanda Spahl will convene a panel on Grounded Normative Theory.

Center for the study of Contemporary Solidarity

Workshop Grounded Normative Theory

When: 15 and 16 June 2020

Where: Vienna, Austria

Who: Wanda Spahl

Building upon a successful series of workshops at the Canadian Political Science Association conference in Vancouver in June 2019, a two-day workshop to advance Grounded Normative Theory (GNT) will be organised in Vienna, Austria. GNT is an empirical approach to theory building, employing qualitative and quantitative methods in the recursive development of normative arguments. This problem-driven, situated approach reconciles theoretical-normative claims with explanatory empirical research in examining values in their realization in practices and lived experiences. GNT draws on a strong emancipatory vision, which engages in struggles for (epistemic) justice and solidarity.

Participation is on invitation only. However, if you are interested in joining please contact Wanda Spahl (wanda.spahl@univie.ac.at) to inquire if there are any open spaces left.

International Workshops on Public Policy (IWPP)

Workshop “Constructivist and Pragmatist Approaches of Policy Processes”

When: 1 – 3 July 2020

Where: Quito (Ecuador)

Who: Prof. Phillippe Zitoun and Patrick Hassenteufel

This workshop has for ambition to discuss about the different constructivist and pragmatist approaches on the policy process and more specifically to better identify what these approaches allow to understand than the other can’t. If the positivist approaches, which are largely dominant the US literature, are more focused on “explaining” the policy process through variation of external “variables”, the main idea of the constructivist and pragmatist approaches is to understand the process in action by taking seriously into account the reflexivity of the actors involved in the definition of the world they want to act on and of the public policy they want to change […]

ECPR 2020 General Conference, the ECPR Standing Group on Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis

Section Interpretive Approaches to Policy Studies: Developments, Challenges and Ways Forward

When: 26-28 August 2020

Where: Innsbruck, Austria

Who: Koen Bartels, Kathrin Braun, Selen Ercan, Anna Durnová, Tamara Metze and Hendrik Wagenaar

About 40 years ago, in the wake of the disappointing results of the Great Society evaluation programs, a number of policy scholars, including Martin Rein, Aaron Wildavsky and Frank Fischer, began to question the epistemic foundations of positivist research in policy analysis. Picking up on a general interest in non-foundational social theory (Fay, 1975; Bernstein 1978; Hawkesworth, 1988), these scholars challenged positivist research methods that promised epistemic certainty and emphasized the fact-value dichotomy, one of the cornerstones of these methods. […]