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CFP: ‘The global governance of knowledge policies: Europe of Knowledge in context’ (ECPR 2015)

CFP: ‘The global governance of knowledge policies: Europe of Knowledge in context’ (ECPR, 26-29 August 2015; Universite de Montreal)

Section co-chairs: Meng-Hsuan Chou and Mitchell Young

  • Section abstract: Knowledge policies are at the forefront of contemporary global politics. Indeed, knowledge is to be the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive; the competition for knowledge drives the global race for talent. The fourth Europe of Knowledge section invites contributions to go beyond Europe and consider these overarching questions: What key themes should we address when we talk about the global governance of knowledge policies? How and why are these themes crucial for our understanding of public policymaking in knowledge domains? Specifically, we are interested in theoretical, empirical and comparative contributions that investigate the role of the ‘four I’s’ – ideas, interests, instruments and institutions – in the global and multi-level governance of knowledge policies. By ‘role’, we refer to the effects that ideas, actors (individual, organisational), policy instruments and institutions have had on the governance of knowledge policies, and vice-versa. Our focus on ‘roles’ is to enable a multidisciplinary discussion on whether these factors share defining characteristics across different knowledge policy domains (i.e. research, higher education, and science), and between distinct governance levels and geographical regions. This section continues to welcome all scholars, theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems – in Europe and around the world.

Panel calls and contacts:

Regionalism from above, regionalism from below: Multi-level governance of higher education and research

  • Co-chair: Pauline Ravinet (Universite de Lille 2) – pauline.ravinet-2@univ-lille2.fr
  • Co-chair/Discussant: Hannah Moscovitz (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) – hannah@post.bgu.ac.il
  • Regions are playing an increasingly prominent role in contemporary global politics due to seemingly polarising processes of regional integration and devolution/federalisation. This panel invites contributions to explore the transformation of the State against this context. In so doing, it seeks to bridge two sets of literature – world regions in the globalisation of knowledge politics and territorial politics of knowledge – and to highlight the complexity of multi-level governance of knowledge policies.

Rankings and the global governance of knowledge policies

  • Chair/Discussant: Ossi Piironen (University of Helsinki) – ossi.piironen@helsinki.fi
  • Rankings and indicators have become central policy instruments in the global governance of knowledge policies. This panel investigates a specific phenomenon – university rankings – and how it reconstructs power within and across different geographical regions. Often linked to the international market economy, university rankings are now contributing to the diffusion of policy scripts and policy convergence.

Party politics and higher education

  • Co-chairs: Jens Jungblut (University of Oslo) – j.p.w.jungblut@ped.uio.no, J. Salvador Peralta (University of West Georgia) – jperalta@westga.edu
  • Discussant: Martina Vukasovic (Ghent University) – martina.vukasovic@ugent.be
  • Political parties are quintessential actors in politics and policymaking, yet our understanding of them in relation to knowledge policy is still limited. As a field with growing political saliency, knowledge policies are becoming more politicised. Papers in this panel are invited to investigate the role of political parties in higher education policy, the impact of ideology on party preferences, the framing of higher education in relation to other issue areas, and the way parties act across multiple governance levels.

Trade agreements and supranational shaping of knowledge policies

  • Co-chairs: Beverly Barrett (University of Miami) – b.barrett@umiami.edu, Mitchell Young (Charles University in Prague) – young.mitchell@gmail.com
  • Discussant: Susan Robertson (University of Bristol)
  • The pursuit of free trade agreements on a global, regional and bilateral level is intensifying, and increasingly these agreements are impinging on the areas of higher education and research. This panel examines the effects of casting education and research as ‘services’ from the perspective of institutions, ideas, instruments, and/or interests. Potential papers could clarify the role that free trade agreements have had on the global governance of knowledge policies and how that impacts national policymaking and sub-national actors.

Global collaboration and competition in science, technology and innovation

  • Chair/Discussant: Inga Ulnicane-Ozolina (University of Vienna) – inga.ulnicane@univie.ac.at
  • Fostering global collaboration and competition in science, technology and innovation is a policy priority. Global collaboration and competition brings together specialised expertise and resources for addressing complex trans-national problems and is believed to directly impact research quality, creativity, efficiency and effectiveness. This panel invites contributions that analyse whether and how diverse forms of global collaboration and competition (e.g. scholarly networks, R&D agreements, large-scale research infrastructures, researcher exchanges, joint laboratories, intergovernmental agreements) promote the aforementioned objectives.

Transnational expertise in the multi-level governance of knowledge policies

  • Chair: Tatiana Fumasoli (University of Oslo) – tatiana.fumasoli@arena.uio.no
  • Co-discussants: Tatiana Fumasoli and Åse Gornitzka (University of Oslo) – ase.gornitzka@stv.uio.no
  • How does the academic profession mobilise at the national, European and global levels to respond to the on-going pressure for excellence and relevance? This panel examines two sets of actors at the core of knowledge production and dissemination: academics who provide expertise to policymaking and universities operating in multiple policy arenas. It expects to find increased stratification and division of labor based on different conditions, resources and reputation across the world.

Ideas in the global governance of knowledge

  • Chair/discussant: Meng-Hsuan Chou (NTU, Singapore) – menghsuan.chou@gmail.com
  • Ideas are pervasive in all aspects of public and private life and this panel focuses on their role in the global governance of knowledge policies. Potential papers could explore whether ideas and concepts such as ‘competitiveness’, ‘talent’, ‘internationalisation’, and ‘digital revolution’ impact policy cooperation similarly or differently in research, higher education and science sectors. And how are they translated into national policies?

Researching the governance of knowledge policies: methodological and conceptual challenges

  • Co-chairs/Co-discussants: Mads Sørensen (Aarhus University) – mps@ps.au.dk, Mari Elken (NIFU) – mari.elken@nifu.no
  • Research and higher education policy studies often take the State as a starting point for analysis. This panel asks: does this lead to ‘methodological nationalism’, or even eurocentrism, in an increasingly interconnected world? We invite papers that examine (empirically, theoretically) the methodologies used in knowledge policy studies, the role of States in those studies, and the advantages and disadvantages of those approaches. In so doing, we aim to identify sector-specific conceptual challenges and alternative (multi-level) approaches.

 

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