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Call for papers: Disproportionate Policy Response, ICPP3, Singapore, 28-30 June 2017

posted Nov 7, 2016, 2:25 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 6:46 AM ]
Panel chairs
Moshe Maor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Eva Thomann, Heidelberg University, Germany
Achim Kemmerling, Central European University, Hungary 

The study of disproportionate policy response and its two anchor concepts, namely, policy over- and underreaction, is fairly nascent. The premise underlying this panel is that the study of disproportionate policy response is a gateway to some of the most significant aspects of modern politics. For example, as global and domestic threats combine with relatively skeptic publics about politicians and political institutions, policy overreaction is increasingly required for the publics to perceive policy action as sufficient and politicians as competent, at least in the short-term. Another example is evident when policymakers who are facing uncertain risk projections underreact by creating net social benefits under all future risk projections, with no or low costs and committed resources. This strategy can be framed as cost-effective and does not involve hard trade-offs with other policy objectives.

This panel focuses on the dynamics of disproportionate policy response, meaning a lack of "fit" between the costs of a public policy and the benefits that are derived thereof. It aims to shed light on policy valuation processes and the role of symbolic and ideological factors therein, the interaction between self-reinforcing processes and the contagion of ideas and emotions, how media attention and policymaking activities become intertwined in self-reinforcing processes, and how (negative) policy bubbles are identified.

Submit your paper here until 15.1.2017