This workshop invites papers that address different research topics within the broad field of policy, governance, and public administration. Empirical and theoretical papers are welcome as well as normative papers (for instance on democratic governance or public administration ethics). The workshop is open to studies of both policy content and procedures, policy and governance processes, the roles and interactions between politicians and civil servants, problem framing and agenda setting, public decision-making in different respects, implementation and evaluation, and numbers of issues in relation to public management and administration. The workshop also welcomes studies on different decision-making levels (local, national, international) and multi-level governance. Different types of studies of major trends in governance and public administration are of course of great interest to this workshop, such as performance-based management, evidence-based practice, evaluation society, privatization etc. Papers using different approaches and methods are welcome: extensive-intensive approaches, comparative studies, quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as purely theoretical papers. The workshop is open to a broad set of theoretical applications and theorizing efforts, such as institutionalism, rational choice, power studies, discourse theories, and theories of democracy and legitimacy, just to mention a few well-known traditions.
Working group leaders: Jan Olsson (Örebro university) and Göran Sundström (Stockholm university)