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Interpretive Policy Analysis network

Interpretive Policy Analysis network (IPA) is an international platform for scholars, researchers and practitioners advancing qualitative, interpretive policy analysis. The Interpretive Policy Analysis network is organised as a community of loosely affiliated individuals. The network and its meetings are open to all of those committed to an interpretive approach to policy analysis. To emphasise its openness, the Interpretive Policy Analysis network does not have formal membership.

The aim of the Interpretive Policy Analysis network is to foster the scholarly study of Interpretive Policy Analysis including the historical development of policy and its role in science, politics and society. More specific aims include:

  • improving scholarly communication and exchange in the field,
  • increasing the visibility of the subject to policy-makers and to the general public,
  • stimulating and supporting teaching on the subject at all levels.

It promotes various activities to further these aims, including thematic and general meetings, organised visits and exchanges, the publication of newsletters.

At the heart of the Interpretive Policy Analysis network lies the International Interpretive Policy Analysis conference (IPA).

The network is closely linked to the journal of Critical Policy Studies.