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Summary of Policy & Politics 2013 Conference

3 October 2013

Policy & Politics held its 2013 Conference in Bristol this month. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Transforming Policy and Politics: the Future of the State in the 21st Century’.

Policy & Politicsheld its 2013 Conference in Bristol this month. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Transforming Policy and Politics: the Future of the State in the 21st Century’. 160 scholars from eighteen countries discussed different aspects of public and social policy in relation to recent and future changes to the state, politics and public services. Discussions were focused at a global and local level in a range of sectors, including health, housing, welfare and economic development.

The conference hosted four fantastic plenary speakers: Professors Liesbet Hooghe (University of North Carolina), Bob Jessop (Lancaster University), John Keane (University of Sydney) and Eva Sorensen (Roskilde University). The plenary speakers drew on examples from around the globe to illustrate recent transformations to the state and their implications for policy and politics. Panel sessions included world leading scholars in their fields with many discussions leading to plans for future work, including joint or group publications. 

The conference was also well attended by postgraduate students who made valuable contributions to the plenary discussions and panel sessions. Indeed, one of the highlights of the conference was a paper presented by an early career academic, Zachary Morris (University of California-Berkeley, USA) who presented work from his Master’s thesis titled ‘Disability policy reform in the United States and Great Britain’. Conference delegates described Zach as a ‘rising star’.

The theme of next year’s conference is ‘The challenges of leadership and collaboration in the 21st Century’ on the 16-17th September, Marriott Hotel, Bristol. We hope that colleagues will once again join us for a superb academic event.

 

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