Call for papers: Equality Effects of Public Policies

posted Jan 24, 2017, 10:00 PM by Eva Thomann
As Anne Schneider and Helen Ingram have famously noted, public policies often fail to produce equality of citizenship. This is especially relevant at their intersection with public administration: the equal treatment of all citizens is a fundamental pillar of bureaucratic good practice. However, we are living in an age of widening socio-economic and social inequalities, triggered amongst others by economic modernization, globalization and immigration. By collecting taxes, distributing resources, and granting rights, opportunities and access to public services, public policies play a central role in both addressing as well as creating and cementing such inequalities. Actors delivering these policies to citizens may set their own priorities due to performance or political pressure, implicit or explicit biases, incentives and profit-orientation, but also their desire to improve what they consider as meaningless or unjust policy. 

The workshop of the Permanent Study Group on Public Policy to be held at the EGPA 2017 conference explores the role of public policies in reflecting and furthering, as well as addressing and correcting for citizen inequality at all stages from agenda setting to policy evaluation. Its special interest lies in identifying the potential to achieve more equality in the formation and implementation of public policies in order to improve policy performance for all citizens. How can - and should - public policy achieve greater equality of citizenship, and what is the link between policy formation and implementation in this regard? The workshop invites both experienced and junior researcher to propose theory-based papers with an empirical and (potentially) comparative character that address this question as explicitly as possible, especially when more than a single-case study is involved. The aim is to cover a variety of contexts across political-administrative systems and policy fields, and link different stages of the policy cycle. 

Annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) 30 August – 1st September 2017, Milan, Italy
Submit your paper proposal until April 10, 2017 via

Eva Thomann,
Apr 9, 2017, 10:50 AM