Policy Networks - Part 2

Open Panel

After success of the Policy Networks Panel in Montreal, ICPP4 (http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/conference/icpp4-montreal-2019/panel-list/10#topic63) we are happy to announce the second round of the panel devoted to the application of Social Network Analysis (SNA) methodology to testing public policy theories.

During the last few decades, the interest in policy processes generated the number of formal theoretical explanation. Among them are the Advocacy coalition framework, Punctuated equilibrium theory, Multiple streams approach, Policy styles theories, Policy design & Policy capacity framework, Pragmatic approach to public policy, and some others. Each of them makes its own unique contributions explaining the multidimensional and complex nature of public policy and policy change; attempt to grasp the multiactor nature of policy-making. Variety of actors in public policy is reflected in such terms as policy communities, policy coalitions, and policy networks. The results of policy-making are dependent on activity and configuration of such policy networks and various conditions. SNA provides us with terms, methods, and quantitative statistical techniques that allow us to model the complicated policy processes for a given policy and offer an opportunity to test and develop theories of policy processes that go above and beyond what other instruments afford. At present time, however, we still lack comparative empirical research - verification and validation of developed theories.

We welcome papers that use SNA to test a particular policy that models the complexity of policy-making as a conjunction of variety of actors and factors external to the policy actors’ activity. The papers can use a variety of SNA techniques: policy networks visualizations, calculation of centrality measures, building social influence, and social selection models, ERGM models, longitudinal network analysis, multimode and multilevel networks. We also welcome papers that are testing a variety of hypotheses, but they should be aimed at answering the questions about the reasons why policy networks influence policy change. The special concern of this panel is to test, challenge, verify, and validate the current and developing theories of policy process.