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Call for papers: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration: The Next Level

posted Oct 23, 2017, 5:01 AM by Eva Thomann
Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 26-28 March 2018, Cardiff.  Call for Papers, Public Policy and Administration Specialist Group 

Panel: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration: The Next Level 

Panel chairs:
Dr. Alice Moseley, Department of Politics, University of Exeter,
Dr. Eva Thomann, Department of Politics, University of Exeter, 

Prof. Dr. Oliver James, Department of Politics, University of Exeter, 

This panel draws together contributions which examine and combine the state of the art and perspectives on behavioural public policy (BPP) and behavioural public administration (BPA). We particularly invite papers that explore recent innovations in these fields and how they can mutually inform and complement each other. 

Recent years have witnessed a “behavioural turn” in the fields of public policy and public administration. This turn is characterised by a focus on the psychological and motivational processes that explain how individuals implementing or addressed by public policy respond and behave. Behavioural perspectives improve our understanding of the micro-mechanisms that link public interventions with the behavioural change they intend to achieve (Alemanno and Sibony 2015; John 2016; Moseley and Stoker 2013; Oliver 2015; Schneider and Ingram 1990; Shafir 2013; Van der Heidjen and Kosters 2015). Clearly, these perspectives are becoming increasingly influential as illustrated, for example, by the recent announcement of Professor Richard H. Thaler’s Nobel memorial prize in economic sciences for work his work on “nudges” (Thaler and Substein 2008), and by the dedication to entire special issues on BPA in flagship public administration journals (Grimmelkhuijsen et al. 2017; James et al. 2017; Tummers et al. 2016), as well as the creation of a new academic journal on Behavioural Public Policy. It is the aim of this panel to take stock of the state of the art in both fields, explore synergies, and identify promising avenues for research to take the behavioural perspective to “the next level”. To this end, we invite papers from both junior and advanced scholars that explore a number of themes, at the conceptual or empirical level. Preference will be given to contributions that provide or review systematic evidence on one of these themes.

Read the full call for papers here

Eva Thomann,
Oct 23, 2017, 5:01 AM