Call for papers: Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality

congress-logoThe 24th World Congress of Political Science organized by IPSA takes place between July 23-28 2016 in Istanbul.

The conference also features a panel on higher education and research, titled “Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality: Instruments For or Against?”.

Text of the call: In a global market of higher education and innovation, where students have free access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and where ideas are brought to the market to improve everyday life, inequality should be a thing of the past. Yet more than ever before, the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are growing by the day. This panel examines how policy actors – at the local, national, regional and global levels – instrumentalise knowledge policies to increase and decrease the state of inequality between citizens, between nations, and between the world’s geographical regions (North, South, East and West). We define knowledge policies broadly to include higher education, science, research and innovation policies. As a point of departure, we assume that policymaking is a complex process, involving multiple actors across governance levels with diverse interests and preferences. Instrument choice thus reflects the policy actors’ ambitions, compromises made, and the intended effects of implementation. Put simply, instrument selection is not neutral. This panel invites contributions to assess the processes leading to instrument selection, adoption, and implementation. For example, papers can address: (a) the role of discourse and ideas such as the knowledge-based society/economy, excellence, globalism, and regionalism in these processes; or (b) how policy actors and organizations strategize and interact in knowledge policymaking to contribute to the state of inequality.

The deadline to propose a paper is October 7, 2105 and the instructions how to submit a proposal can be found here.

Please note that there is also a possibility to submit new closed panels until 07th of October. Read more on the conference website.