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Knowledge Politics and Policies

Public Policy
Higher Education
Section Number
Section Chair
Mitchell Young
Charles University
Section Co-Chair
Martina Vukasovic
Universitetet i Bergen

Knowledge, understood to be the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive, has become central to contemporary politics and policymaking across governance levels. This section is interested in theoretical, empirical, and comparative contributions that investigate the role of politics and policy in the multi-level, multi-issue, and multi-actor governance of knowledge. In focusing on role, we refer to effects that ideas (including political ideologies), actors (both individual and organisational, including political parties and transnational entities), policy instruments, and institutions have on the governance, creation, dissemination, and transfer of knowledge. Panels will be oriented around these roles, key empirical questions, theories or methodologies. The Section continues the work on knowledge policy domains from the past 7 ECPR conferences (previously under the titles ‘Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation’ and ‘Europe of Knowledge’). It continues to welcome scholars, globally and interdisciplinarily, from all theoretical and methodological approaches.


Mitchell Young is Assistant Professor at Charles University focusing on European integration and science policy. He is a co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on ‘Knowledge Politics and Policies’ and has co-chaired an ECPR section for the past 6 years.

Martina Vukasovic is Associate Professor at University of Bergen. Her research focuses on knowledge policy and politics across multiple governance levels and involving various interest groups.

Panel List

P019Assessing Higher Education Governance Reforms Impact on System and University Performance: Theoretical and Practical Contributions View Panel Details
P150Governance and the Political Economy of Knowledge View Panel Details
P224Not-So-Traditional Actors and Issues in Knowledge Politics and Policies View Panel Details
P290Politics of Big Science and Research Infrastructures Within and Beyond Europe View Panel Details
P339Science Diplomacy: Interfaces of Knowledge and Foreign Policy View Panel Details
P403The Politics of Size in Higher Education: Devices, Patterns and Spatial Imaginaries View Panel Details
P442Travelling, Diffusion and Translation of Ideas and Policies in the Area of Post-Secondary Education I View Panel Details
P443Travelling, Diffusion and Translation of Ideas and Policies in the Area of Post-Secondary Education II View Panel Details
P445Twenty Years of the Bologna Process: Reflecting on its ‘Global Strategy’ View Panel Details
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