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 Nordic Party Members: Linkages in Troubled Times, Edited by Marie Demker, Knut Heidar, and Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

Ideas, policy design and policy instruments: casting light on the missing link

Workshop Number
2
Workshop Director
Giliberto Capano
Università di Bologna
Workshop Co-Director
Dietmar Braun
Université de Lausanne

Abstract
The workshop tackles the “empirical gap” between policy ideas and policy design, i.e. policy strategies and policy instruments. We wish to discover the ways and the degree to which policy ideas – next to or in interaction with interests and institutions - determine strategies and instruments adopted and implemented in order to achieve desired policy outcomes.
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This is a “sensitive” and “ambitious” subject for three different reasons: Firstly, because in dealing with this topic it is intended overcoming the pitfalls and shortcomings by focusing on the operational level of policy-making, that is on the concrete impact of policy ideas. Secondly, because we wish to closely connect “policy tools analysis” (Hood 2007) with the mainstream of public policy. Thirdly, because we want to call for a comparison and possible integration of the “specialized” frameworks which characterize the study of policy ideas and policy instruments in the public policy field.
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So, the proposed subject focuses on an important “crossroad” in public policy. The attempt to bring together ideational literature, policy instrument analysis, and specialized sectoral policy knowledge, is of fundamental importance if we want to gain a better understanding of and solve some of the long-standing questions about the impact of ideas in policy-making (discourses, paradigms, réferentiel) on the design of policy strategies and instruments.
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We invite the participation of scholars from various different theoretical and methodological schools of thought (historical- institutionalist, rational-choice, post-positivist policy analysis, constructivism, etc.), each with research experience in a different policy field.

Paper List


Title Details
DE- AND RE-COUPLING OF POLICY IDEAS AND POLICY INSTRUMENTS: DYNAMICS OF FRUITFUL TENSIONS AND MUTUAL REINFORCEMENTS IN THE PROCESS OF AN EMERGING EUROPEAN ADMINISTRATIVE SPACE View Paper Details
European Integration by Multiple Governance Methods:The Role of Voluntary Coordination View Paper Details
Explaining policy reform: Assessing the ideational dimension in migration policy making View Paper Details
Governance Architectures and Governing Instruments: Linking Policy Ideas to Policy Tools View Paper Details
How ideas become the policy? The role of academic arguments in forming renewable energy policy in Sweden and Spain View Paper Details
Ideas and the Evolution of the ‘Fifth Freedom’: Researcher Mobility in the European Research Area View Paper Details
Ideas around Instruments. A Perspective on Transnational Design Networks View Paper Details
Ideas, policy design and policy instruments: casting light on the missing link View Paper Details
Immigration Governance in Denmark: From Rhetoric to Political Action View Paper Details
Nodality in Policy Design: The Impact of Ideas in Two Policy Sectors View Paper Details
Norms in Foreign Trade Policy. Bilateral Free Trade Agreements of the US and EU View Paper Details
Policy instruments as the core element of substantive policy change: the case of the Spanish research training policy View Paper Details
Political Discourse Networks - The missing link in the study of policy-oriented discourse View Paper Details
Primary school as the foundation for further education and economic prosperity: an analysis of how new ideas on education resulted in dramatic policy change View Paper Details
Some critical conditions in translating a policy idea into a successful policy design: A diachronic comparison of three relocation programs in Norway 1960-2007 View Paper Details
The ‘hallow’ paradigm and an evolutionary paradigmatic change: the case of housing policy reform in Russia from the 1990 to the present View Paper Details
The travel of policy instruments. Ideas, design and practices of benchmarking in Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. View Paper Details
WHAT’S AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT TO DO? IDEAS, INSTRUMENTS AND THE CAPABILITIES&#8208;EXPECTATIONS GAP View Paper Details
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