101000, Moscow, Myasnitskaya str., 20, room 524; 525; 526
Phone: +7 (495) 772 9590 *12238
We do believe that cutting-edge understanding of our country’s and the world’s future should and can be seen through public policy perspective, the policy of dialogue between different social and political groups, the policy that encourages the states' and public leaders’ accountability, open to expressed views of the public, analytical community, intellectuals and global citizens.
Dubrovsky D., Creak S., Skinner R. et al.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.
Rajhans S. K., Amarasinghe P.
Open Political Science. 2020. Vol. 3. No. 1. P. 34-46.
Belyaeva N. Y.
In bk.: Protest Publics. Toward a New Concept of Mass Civic Action. Switzerland: Springer, 2019. P. 9-31.
Kamaev A., Tovar-García E. D.
SSOAR. 0168-ssoar-46748-7. Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), 2016
On October 13, HSE Department of Public Policy jointly with Moscow-Helsinki group conducted the second academic seminar of the Round Table on Public Policy dedicated to the book Analyzing Public Policy by Peter John, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at University College London.
The idea of this seminar was born in the framework of Reading Circle project, where participants read and discuss different significant books which are not well-known in Russia. The round table focuses on the in-depth and cross sectional understanding of the latest literature on public policy and provides a platform for interaction and mutual intellectual enrichment among academics, practitioners and students who are interested in public policy.
The seminar started with a general introduction of the event and ideas which are behind the Reading Circle project. Dmitriy Zaytsev told participants about the previous seminar in this format and announced next seminars in this series, related to the new theories and frameworks of public policy.
After this introductory session, Artem Uldanov presented his view of the main ideas of John’s book during his presentation 'Public policy theories and its critics: is it possible to develop public policy as a (post)positivist science?' He focused on the key process of analyzing public policy, which was outlined by John in his book and explained why the author selected five particular approaches to public policy for analysis. According to Artem Uldanov, John’s search for causal mechanisms in public policy led him to the idea of synthetic approach, where theory balanced with consideration of particular limitations of these five approaches. As a result, the author proposed his own solution how to improve public policy studies and make them less descriptive – Evolutionary model, where different factors affecting public policy combined in complimentary way. This proposal could serve as a basis for better theory, which could provide us with tools for searching for causational mechanisms and making public policy closer to positivist science.
Seminar continued with Q&A session, which was started from commentary made by the Head of Public Policy Department Prof. Nina Belyaeva. She commented on the specific definition of public policy analysis, used by John in his book and warned participants about logic trap, when we are trying to define the phenomenon through its own synonyms or words strongly connected with this phenomenon. Other questions were related to different issues mentioned by John in his book: why the author chose one kind of limitations for every approach and not pointed out the others; why the contradiction between ideas and interests is so important for John; what the difference is between rational and strategic actors; how we can clearly define what factors are exogenous in some particular cases.
Reporter and discussant gave their answers and encouraged participants who had not read the book to do so. 'Some answers could be given only by prof. John himself,' concluded Dmitriy Zaytsev. 'But we, as a readers and researchers, may find a lot of useful knowledge in this book.'You may find the recording of the seminar following this link