Chess as War and Meditation

I had a nice childhood — full of happiness, joy and drive. Chess took a large part of my childhood and I had great people to share it with having grown in Baku. In this little essay I recount on my experiences of being a ‘chess-kid’ in Baku in the 1990s, it was originally prepared [...]

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The Art of Translation: My Visit to Guggenheim Museum

Recently I went to the Deutsche-Guggenheim Museum in Berlin (yes, they also have a subsidiary there) to see an exhibition that inspired the name to this blog and bore the title ‘Found in Translation’. My favourite piece is the video installation which shows the video used to teach English language to Latino children in the [...]

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Working from home: freedom or luxury?

Copyright of the picture: The Economist. You must have heard of the recent ban by ‘Yahoo’ to work from home…Now, as in the picture, workers are chained to their workplace, either they want it or not. I must say, in unison with plethora of evidence from elsewhere, that the ‘presence in the office all week’ [...]

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Interview with Professor Martin de Jong on “Institutional Transplantation”

An interview with Prof. Martin de Jong of Delft University of Technology on ‘Institutional Transplantation’. Prof. de Jong is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the policy transfer school in public policy. The book he has co-edited in 2002 and entitled “The Theory and Practice of Institutional Transplantation” has become a classic in this area. [...]

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Emotion and Policy Analysis

By Farhad Mukhtarov. It is not clear how to reconcile emotion and policy analysis which seem to encompass different worlds. The first is enveloped in subjectivity, whereas the second claims to be objective; the first occurs mostly in private sphere, whereas the second is mandated and takes place in public arena. The challenge is great: [...]

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A Happy New Year!

Dear readers, On behalf of our small but very committed team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Farhad Mukhtarov, Editor-in-chief

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Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference 2013 in Vienna: Call for Panels

Reposted from email announcement. The Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna together with the Life-Science-Governance Research Platform (LSG), the Department of Social Studies of Science , the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) hosts [...]

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European Commission and Multi-level Governance

The DG Regio held an open Day on 11 October 2012 within which a workshop entitled ‘Troubling multilevel governance: coordinating spatial interventions” was organized. Regional development is perhaps the best example in which multi-level governance manifests itself as an extremely complex phenomenon. Among several participants from various institutions was also our colleague Paul Stubbs whose [...]

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Anthropology and Political Science: Dialogue or Contact Zone?

By Farhad Mukhtarov. As we reported earlier, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is currently hosting its 2012 annual session in San-Francisco. Within this session there is a roundtable arranged for the discussion of the dialogue between public policy and anthropology. Our colleague Paul Stubbs has given a short talk in which he emphasized the recent [...]

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Oxford Martin School Debate “Innovation Enigma”

Last Friday the Oxford Martin Institute and the Oxford Union hosted a debate on the issues of innovation and crisis. Called “Innovation Enigma” the debate featured prominent thinkers and business people such as the former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, one of the most influential professors of economics from Harvard Kenneth Rogoff (also a chess [...]

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International Workshop on Water Security, Jerusalem 17-18 December, 2012

The Jerusalem Water Group of the Hebrew University is organizing a Workshop entitled “The Securitization of the Water Discourse” and to be held on December 17-18 in Jerusalem. The key-note speakers at the workshop will be Aaron Wolf, François Molle, Eran Feitelson and Max Boykoff. The theme of the workshop is the securitization of the [...]

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International Conference on “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation?”

Reposted from the IKS (Institute of Korean Studies) website. The IKS organized an international academic conference with the title of “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation” for two days between 30 and 31 March 2012. The conference was attended by participants from Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Korea and the United States. In the first panel moderated [...]

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‘Tracing biofuel transitions: policies, practices and phase-outs’ Eindhoven University of Technology, January 24-25, 2013

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands will host a workshop on biofuels. The deadline for abstracts is November 07, 2012. More information is below:

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Bio-Economy Transition and Land Grabs

Energy transition to bio-based materials for fuel and heat is experiencing hype. Such transition has many attractions: away from fossil fuels that generate the climate change and dependence on the Middle East and Mr. Putin, as well as new forms of governance in which food, fuel, materials and medicine will come from an integrated source [...]

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Central Asian Waters: Polygon for Testing Policy Translation

With the rise of globalization, models for good water governance, such as integrated water resources management (IWRM), river basin management (RBM), river basin organizations (RBOs), water user associations (WUAs), and more recently, water pricing and payments for ecosystem services (PES), all travel around the world to impact policy-making at national and local levels. This dynamics [...]

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Anthropology of Public Policy Roundtable

Within the 111th annual meeting of  the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Interest Group on Anthropology of Public Policy (IGAPP) and its members Cris Shore and Samuel Shapiro will organize the roundtable on “Studying Policy: A Dialogue between Anthropology and Political Science”. In this event organized around three themes of the past, the present and [...]

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How policy ideas spread

What happens when a policy idea becomes internationally popular? An idea that becomes a darling of international policy communities that propagate it and institute a system of reward and punishment around its application. And how then do we know if an idea is only a buzzword or a real instrument that solves problems on the [...]

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