we are inviting you to submit a paper proposal for our panel on ‘Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality: Instruments For or Against?’ at IPSA’s 24th World Congress of Political Science (23-28 July 2016, Istanbul, Turkey). You will find the panel abstract below.
NEW Deadline for paper submission: 14 October 2015
Instructions for paper submission: HERE
Submit paper here: LINK
Please select: (1) RC30 Comparative Public Policy for Session Type, and (2) Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality for Requested Panel.
Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
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Hsuan – Hsuan [at] cantab.net
Jens – j.p.w.jungblut [at] ped.uio.no
Knowledge Polices and the State of Inequality: Instruments For or Against?
In a global market of higher education and innovation, where students have free access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and where ideas are brought to the market to improve everyday life, inequality should be a thing of the past. Yet more than ever before, the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are growing by the day. This panel examines how policy actors – at the local, national, regional and global levels – instrumentalise knowledge policies to increase and decrease the state of inequality between citizens, between nations, and between the world’s geographical regions (North, South, East and West). We define knowledge policies broadly to include higher education, science, research and innovation policies. As a point of departure, we assume that policymaking is a complex process, involving multiple actors across governance levels with diverse interests and preferences. Instrument choice thus reflects the policy actors’ ambitions, compromises made, and the intended effects of implementation. Put simply, instrument selection is not neutral. This panel invites contributions to assess the processes leading to instrument selection, adoption, and implementation. For example, papers can address: (a) the role of discourse and ideas such as the knowledge-based society/economy, excellence, globalism, and regionalism in these processes; or (b) how policy actors and organisations strategise and interact in knowledge policymaking to contribute to the state of inequality. All accepted papers must have a clear conceptual approach, preferably supported by empirical examples beyond a single case study.