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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