Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Venue: Room 428, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Speaker: Professor Leslie A. Pal
Chancellor’s Professor, School of Policy and Administration, Carleton University
Director, Governance and Public Management Centre, Carleton University
Moderator: Professor Zhu Xufeng
Professor and Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Rulers need advice, and all complex states have developed advisory systems of one sort or another. A key assumption in the recent literature has been that policy advisory systems are almost entirely domestic – internal to government, they consist of cabinet and ministerial offices, and some special purpose agencies; external to government, they consist of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, lobbyists, etc.
However, policy ideas and models are increasingly generated at the global level in international governmental organizations (IGOs), becoming a resource for domestic policy makers through policy transfer and diffusion. Almost every domestic policy field is wired into international law, resolutions, conventions, or agreements, and so domestic policy advice is almost always colored by that global connection.
Very little work has been done on these global policy advisory systems (GPAS). This lecture will present the early efforts of a new, four-year funded research project on GPAS. It will address the following issues:
1. How should GPAS be conceptualized for empirical research?
2. Hypotheses about their structure as networks, and their possible domestic impact.
3. Research strategies to map global networks.
4. Next steps in research design.
Professor Leslie A. Pal is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the School of Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management.
He has published over sixty articles and book chapters in a wide variety of areas, including Canadian politics, public policy and administration, information technology, European integration, international human rights, and international public administrative reform. His recent books include Public Policy Transfer: Micro-Dynamics and Macro-Effects (2017), Policy Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar (2016), Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times (5th ed.) (2014), and Frontiers of Governance: The OECD and Global Public Management Reform (2012).