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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2020 Annual Conference Programme

    Confronting Political Divides
    Hosted at Western University
    Tuesday, June 2 to Thursday, June 4, 2020
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    Presidential Address:
    Barbara Arneil, CPSA President

    Colonies and Statistics

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Ayelet Shachar
    The Shifting Border:
    Legal Cartographies of Migration
    and Mobility

    June 04, 2020 | 01:30 to 03:00 pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Marc Hetherington
    Why Modern Elections
    Feel Like a Matter of
    Life and Death

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 03:45pm to 05:15pm
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    Plenary Panel
    Indigenous Politics and
    the Problem of Canadian
    Political Science

    Location: Arts & Humanities Building - AHB 1R40
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

CPSA/CAPPA section on Public Administration

K19 - Roundtable: Bringing Power Back in Policy Studies

Date: Jun 4 | Time: 01:30pm to 03:00pm | Location:

Bringing Power Back into Policy Studies:

Bryan Evans (Ryerson)
Stephen McBride (McMaster)
Meghan Joy (Concordia)
Stephanie Paterson (Concordia)
Heather Whiteside (Waterloo)
Ethel Tungohan (York)

Abstract: Norton Long (1949) wrote, “The lifeblood of administration is power.” More than 50 years later, Arts and van Tatenhove (2004) “regret that the concept of power has – in our view – become an ‘endangered species’ in the field of public policy analysis.” The search for evidence based policy making harkens back to the earlier call for a policy sciences that can overcome the nefarious effects of politics on what would otherwise be a rational endeavor. Policy theories that dominate the field today tend to be narrow and limited in their utility. While policy makers may value technical skills that policy students have in evaluation and policy analysis, the scholarly field has become less and less relevant to actual policy deliberations. This roundtable panel brings together scholars highlighting the need to bring the politics back in and recognize that a policy studies that neglects power and values can never be useful for policy makers and administrators.

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