CfA: 5th SISP Summer School on Public Policy, Venice & Padua, 9-14 June 2014

The Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies (SPGI) of the University of Padova is organizing, in collaboration with the Standing Group in «Political Science and Public Policy» of the Italian Association of Political Science (SISP), the Fifth Summer School in Public Policy. This year’s programme will deal with the topic of Institutions and Policy Change. The list of confirmed speakers participating in the Summer School include Guy Peters (Pittsburgh University), Bruno Dente (Politecnico di Milano), Jacint Jordana (IBEI Barcelona), Claudio M. Radaelli (University of Exeter), Michael Howlett (Simon Fraser University), and Giliberto Capano (University of Bologna).


The question of the institutional dimension of policy processes is one of the most frequently addressed issues in policy analysis. However, this aspect is also somewhat misunderstood and therefore can be difficult to work with. Public policy institutions take on considerable importance in the context of financial market failures, the expansion of public-private partnerships, state default caused by public debt, the efficiency and effectiveness of local public services and the coordination between the various levels of government in European and global policy. The Summer School will offer its participants diverse approaches and research methods to deal with the institutional variable in a comparative perspective. It will seek to answer to the following questions: How can institutional variable be studies in the context of policy processes? How does institutional variable work in the policy-making? What relevance does the institutional variable have in policy change? Constitutional reforms are often indicated as evidence of policy change and proposed as a solution for improving capacity building and good governance. But is this truly the case? The Summer School will focus on approaches and methods that may be used by scientific research programs as well as by those working in both the public and private sectors.


The Summer School is aimed at Ph.D. candidates and Master’s students, practitioners and public officials. A minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 participants will be admitted. The registration fee is €80 for students and €120 for practitioners. Participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Two scholarships are available for non-EU students, covering the registration fee and accommodation costs. The deadline for applications is 28 March 2014.

For more information and application form please visit the event’s website or email the organizing board. The programme is available online.

Local Organizing Committee

  • Maria Stella Righettini, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Policy Evaluation, University of Padova;
  • Giorgia Nesti, Assistant Professor of EU Policy-making, University of Padova.

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