Travel Grants Available to Ph.D. Candidates for International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore June 28-30 2017

Organised by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA)
28th-30th June 2017
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

PANEL T08P13 / Policy Narratives: Frameworks, Methods and Case Studies


Deadline for PAPER Proposals: 15th January 2017

GRANTS. Please note the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is pleased to support PhD students presenting at the Conference by providing free on-campus accommodation and will also support the participation of academics from developing countries in Asia by providing travel subsidies of SGD $500 to qualifying applicants. The UNDP is also pleased to support the costs of scholars’ travel for participants presenting papers in panels marked “eligible for UNDP grant”. All grants are awarded on a competitive basis based on the quality of the abstract. Information on the procedure to follow to apply for grants and student subsidies is available on our website.

Panel Chair : Farhad Mukhtarov –
Panel Second Chair : Ching Leong –
Panel Third Chair : Raul Lejano –

Panel Description

Policy narratives are gaining increasing attention in the world of policy analysis and practice. Roe came up with the framework to study policy narratives (1994), and a wave of research focusing on discourses and stories in the 2000s made this line of research well-established in the policy literature (e.g. Fischer and Forester, 1993; Hajer, 1995; Lejano et al., 2013). In this panel, we invite contributions which further our understanding of policy narratives.

Narratives are attractive to study for several reasons. First, we make sense of the world in stories and these become an epistemological and an ontological category. Second, stories allow for agency and structure to be combined in one coherent account. Stories also often combine many different elements of decision-making, such as emotions, reason, norms, values, culture and facts. Furthermore, narratives allow both human and non-human objects to be analyzed for their agency and influence on policy processes (Latour, 1993).

This literature makes a number of important propositions, which need to be further studied empirically. Moreover, the discussion of new frameworks and methods to study policy narratives is an on-going process and contributions in this field are very welcome. One proposition is that narratives keep policy networks together and are key to understanding those (Lejano et al., 2013). Another proposition is that narratives, especially in the form of myths, are key to how international relations function (de Guevara, 2016). Similar line of research proposes that narratives are key to the functioning global governance in various fields (Dany and Freistein, 2016; Mukhtarov, 2009).

Call for papers

In this panel, we are interested in the role of policy narratives in policy change and stability, both in terms of case studies and conceptual and methodological contributions. We ask the following questions:

1) How can narratives contribute to understanding policy change and stability?
2) What are the theories, frameworks and models to study policy narratives?
3) What are the methods available to researchers to study policy narratives and their impact on public policy process?
4) What are the empirical results of analyzing policy narratives through case studies?
5) How can we approach policy narrative analysis in a comparative fashion?

This brief overview of the emerging literature demonstrates the complexity involved and the major trends in policy thought in this direction. Based on these thoughts, we would like to invite contributions, which deal with these subjects and will help move the discussion on policy narratives further.

To propose a paper, please:

Log-in to your account (or create one if you haven’t done so previously, at
Complete the online form with the following information
The email(s) of any other co-authors (all co-authors must also have an account in the system),
The code of the panel in which you would like to present,
The title of your paper
An abstract the paper (300-500 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. You must also register and pay conference fees as soon as possible following receipt of notification of selection in order to remain on the programme.

Please do not hesitate to consult our website, where we will regularly up-date information regarding flights, hotels, travel around, discount and grant opportunities for the conference.

About Farhad

A curious mind traveling the world and reflecting on everything.
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