Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy now hosts the website of the Critical Policy Studies Network! We offer here a venue for scholars, junior as well as senior, to develop and share their work with other policy scholars both inside and outside the evolving critical/interpretive paradigm. The Critical Policy Studies journal is the central arena for this collective engagement, and this Network can play a supporting role by engaging in additional policy studies activities to enhance theory and practice. Possibilities include conferences, workshops, literature, zoom lectures, courses, support for junior scholars, and whatever else. The Network collaborates closely with the Interpretative Policy Analysis group and with the Critical Policy Studies APSA-related group. The format of this forum eventually will be interactive, enabling virtual meetings as well as static web pages that offer essays, commentaries and teaching related material.

The Critical Policy Studies Network also aims to bring contemporary theoretical and methodological discussions, both normative and empirical, to bear on the understanding and analysis of public policy, at local, national and global levels. The network offers a unique forum for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to challenge established accounts of policy-analytic methods, to explore alternative approaches to policy-making, and to promote democratic governance. To this end, it concentrates on the relation of political and policy theory to specific practices of governance, in particular as they pertain to democratic governance, participatory practices, social justice, and general public welfare. Without neglecting empirical research, the network thus abjures scientism while paying epistemological attention to interpretive, argumentative, and discursive approaches to policy-making.

Advisory Board of the Critical Policy Studies Network

Rosana de Freitas Boullosa, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Kathrin Braun, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Jennifer Dodge, State University of New York, Albany, USA
John Dryzek, University of Canberra, Australia
Anna Durnová, Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria
Laureen Elgert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Peter H. Feindt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Steven Griggs, De Montfort University, UK
Maarten Hajer, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
David Howarth, University of Essex, UK
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University, UK
Alan Mandell, Empire State College, USA
Navdeep Mathur, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dieter Plehwe, Social Science Centre Berlin, Germany
Christoph Scherrer, Kassel University, Germany
Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University, USA
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Helen Sullivan, Australian National University, Australia
Douglas Torgerson, Trent University, Canada
Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France

Network Coordinators

Frank Fischer, University of Kassel, Germany
Hugh Miller, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Piyapong Boossabong, Chiang Mai University School of Public Policy, Thailand