Following the success of ICPP1 (Grenoble 2013) and ICPP2 (Milan 2015), the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) is pleased to invite you to the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy which will take place at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS), Singapore from Wednesday 28th June to Friday 30th June 2017. This conference is organised in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

As a part of the conference, a panel is being organised on drug policy analysis.


Panel: Drug policy analysis: definition, concepts, and methodology

Topic : Comparative Public Policy

Panel Chair : Luis Rivera-Velez - luis.riveravelez@sciencespo.fr

Panel Second Chair : Anne Philibert - anne.philibert@unige.ch

This panel aims to review the conceptualization of drug policy with a more systematic understanding of its analysis. We are looking for papers based on case studies that develop concepts and measuring tools that increase the operability of drug policy analysis. 

The main themes of the panel are the following:

1. Drug policy definition. With the increasing diversity of drug policies, we are interested in studying the continuity or change of paradigms and ideas towards drugs inside the policies. As some countries have introduced a new approach to drug policy weakening the sanctions for drug policy offenders, others are reinforcing the old paradigm of strong repression. The current divergence calls into question the idea of a monolithic drug policy, and researchers ability to make meaningful comparisons.

2. Drug policies and the state.  With the diversification of actors and levels of governance, we want to explore the role of consultants, think-tanks, interest groups, civil society, etc., in the production of knowledge for drug policy, the circulation of ideas, policy transfers and the multiplication of policy management. Although international organizations still have a nominal supremacy given by the conventions, authority over drug policymaking and outcomes is increasingly distributed among different organizations and actors.

3. Drug policy evaluation. Being a politicized issue, there are meaningful questions about the accuracy of existing measures of drug use, drug trafficking and drug policies. We encourage papers that question the metrics used to date, and which develop new ways to evaluate drug related issues, whether intended to supply input when developing policies or measure policy outcomes.

These themes are not mutually exclusive and we encourage papers that present a comparative perspective and that take into account approaches from other disciplines. The panel seeks to enhance the understanding and study of drug policy so originality is strongly encouraged.

 

Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2017

To submit a paper, please log-in to your account (or create one if you haven’t done so previously), click on "Submit a paper" and complete the online form with the following information

1.     The email(s) of any other co-authors (all co-authors must also have an account in the system),

2.     The code of the panel (P31)

3.     The title of your paper

4.     An abstract the paper (from 300 to 500 words) explaining your paper project, your research question, your methodology and how it fits with the panel topic chosen.

The selection of the papers for each panel will occur after the end of the call for papers (15th January) and notice will be sent to you after 15th February

If your proposal is selected, full papers are to be uploaded to the conference website no later than 1st June.

Click here for the full call for papers

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