Events and Opportunities

Call for papers

2021 Call for Proposals is now Open!

Critical Policy Studies related group is pleased to announce Call for Papers for APSA 2021 meeting (Seattle, September 30 – October 3) on the topic ‘Critical approaches to the study of the crisis in politics and policymaking’. Deadline January 14 2021.

Contemporary politics and public policy seem to be moving from one crisis to another. In policy terms, better-studied crises, like the climate emergency or increasing economic inequality, have recently been joined by sudden challenges to public health and economic security brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In procedural terms, a long-present crisis of depoliticisation and exclusion in democratic politics has been overshadowed by the crisis presented by radical right-wing populism and an increasingly toxic public sphere. Papers in this panel consider how critical policy studies can aid our understandings of crisis in contemporary politics and public policy. Among other possibilities, we welcome submissions that draw on the diverse conceptual and methodological tools of critical policy analysis to understand how powerful actors construct crises; that illustrate how marginalised groups are mobilising in the face of surfacing crises; or that analyse how to promote tools of dialogue, inclusion and reflection to address the multi-faceted challenges contemporary democracies face.

To submit the paper please click here (and choose Critical Policy Studies Related Group call). We are welcoming scholars at any stage of their academic career and from any place in the world. Please note that you do not need to be an APSA member to propose a paper.

Past events:

Critical Policy Studies APSA group and Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis ECPR section held a roundtable with journal editors on publishing critical and interpretive policy research on 25th November 2020. The discussion focused on essential steps and tips on how to effectively publish interpretive and critical policy research in leading academic outlets.

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Jennifer Dodge, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Policy at University at Albany, SUNY and Co-Editor of Critical Policy Studies
  • Peter H. Feindt, Professor of Agricultural and Food Policy at the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Chris Weible, Professor at University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, former Editor of Policy Studies Journal, and Co-Editor of Policy and Politics from 2021

The event was be chaired by John Boswell (Southampton) and Marta Wojciechowska (King’s College London).