Category: Call for Papers
Subject: ICPP- Montréal 2018 Panel T08P09 Emotions, narratives and policy change
International Conference on Public Policy - Montreal 2018
Call for papers
Panel T08P09 - Emotions, narratives and policy change
This panel builds on the recent work stemming from the emotional turn that considers emotions as a promising angle of analysis for the renewal of policy research. Although emotions are not totally absent from the policy analysis classics, they are commonly understood as a limit to individual rationality. Adopting a different standpoint, our panel postulates that emotions (both positive and negative ones) are rather integral to rationality and, by extension, are agents of policy change. Moreover, emotions are embedded in policy discourses. If emotions play this central role in policymaking, how can they then be captured in policy research? This panel proposes that narrative analysis is well equipped to do so because of its attention to the structure and content of language, the latter being one vehicle for the expression of emotions. If some policy scholars have promoted policy narratives as keys to understand the policy process, only a few have studied their emotional structure, although latent in any policy narrative. On the other hand, emotion studies, an expanding research field across social sciences, have not paid great attention to public policy processes. This panel aims at contributing to both literature by questioning the role of emotions for policy analysis methodologically, theoretically and empirically. Our panel is guided by the following research questions: 1) From a methodological perspective, how can narrative analysis reveal the role of emotions (how to locate emotions from the lexical sources? How to document emotions? How to classify emotions?)? 2) From a theoretical perspective, how can a focus on emotions complement theoretical approaches to public policy (are emotions direct or indirect influences of problems framing or are they frames themselves? What influence do emotions have on other policy processes such as individual or collective behaviors, information processing or solution developments?)? 3) From an empirical perspective, how do emotions participate in the transformation of public policy (what kinds of emotions are involved? What spectra do they cover? How and by whom do they manifest themselves?)?
Our panel invites papers studying emotions (both positive and negative ones) present in diverse policy issues. Although the panel has a special interest in submissions using narrative analysis, papers focusing on the sociopolitical dimensions of emotions and the role of emotions in knowledge making through other methods are also welcome.
Deadline to submit:
Nathalie Burlone: Nburlone@uottawa.ca
Anne Mévellec: firstname.lastname@example.org