Date: 2015-01-06
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers: T04P01 - The Problem of Policy Problems - ICPP 2015

Call for papers:  T04P01 - The Problem of Policy Problems


(organizers: Patrik Marier - Concordia University, B. Guy Peters - University of Pittsburgh and Mireille Paquet - Concordia University)


This panel seeks to engage exchanges and discussions surrounding four core issues related to policy problems. 


 First, this panel welcomes contributions focusing on the conceptualisation and the measurement of policy problems. Different definitions of what constitutes a policy problem create inevitable theoretical, methodological and epistemological tensions for the analysis of policy problems. Do these different definitions and interpretations complement each other? Can these tensions be reconciled, or they do act as barriers in the development of the policy problem literature?


Second, this panel will consider the influence of existing of policy problems classifications on current research and their heuristic potential. Few contributions have developed elaborate tables isolating specific characteristics of policy problems. How do these inform current understanding of policy problems and do they facilitate research? Should existing classifications be modified? Papers could also examine the influence of existing classifications on policy work and activism in different contexts.


Third, we encourage contributions on policy actors involved in the identification of policy problem that analyze their subsequent impact for the policy-making process. Potential correlations between actors involved in policy learning, and those that play a key role in identifying and constructing policy problems could be considered. In addition, the inclusion of non-traditional actors in subsystems or specific coalitions, following their role in problem definition should be addressed. 


Fourth, the panel focuses on the connection between policy problems and policy instruments.  Can specific instances of problem definition break away from instrument-legacy in some policy sectors and, if so, under what conditions? How does problem definition centered on a particular instrument and its implementation impact subsequent instrument selection?


Other types of contributions centered on policy problems will also be considered. Please note that although the organizers prefer comparative contributions, we welcome all kinds of empirical studies (case studies, qualitative/quantitative studies, textual analysis, etc…).


To propose paper to this panel, please visit the following link:



Do not hesitate to contact the organizers with any question 


Patrik Marier, Concordia University, patrik.marier@concordia.ca

B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, bgpeters@pitt.edu

Mireille Paquet, Concordia University, mireille.paquet@concordia.ca


Mireille Paquet
Assistant Professor
Concordia University 
Montreal, Canada


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