Workshop

Policy and governance theories for analysing water issues - 2 ECTS

This course is aimed at graduate programme and PhD candidates who want to deepen their knowledge about policy and governance theories in relation to water issues. Selected policy and governance theories will be discussed and applied to water issues.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Date

Mon 14 May 2018 until Fri 1 June 2018

Duration Registration deadline: Monday April 30
Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
201
6706 KN Wageningen
0317-483639

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
• Explain selected theories of public policy and governance and apply them to water issues
• Analyse water policies, water reforms and water management practices in terms of public policy and governance concepts
• Assess water policies and governance arrangements in terms of effectiveness, equity and resilience

Learning activities

  • Three lectures on selected public policy and governance theories, including presentation and discussion of key texts by the students (three lectures)
  • Tutorials: Joint discussion and analysis of particular cases of water policies, water reforms and water management practices (two lectures)
  • Peer review of paper outlines and draft papers
  • Individual paper: Writing an individual research paper, applying public policy and governance theories to a self-chosen water case

Contents of lectures and tutorials

  • Lecture 1: Introduction (AD)
  • Lecture 2: Understanding policy and governance: the multiple streams framework (AD)
  • Tutorial 1 (AD, prepared by students)
  • Lecture 3: Researching policy as a political process (JV)
  • Tutorial 2 (JV, prepared by students)

Assessment

Assessment will be based on an individual paper (maximum 4000 words), in which:

  • You review selected papers where MSF has been applied to water issues
  • You discuss these applications from a policy as political process perspective
  • You critically discuss the value and limitations of both theoretical perspectives for studying water policy and governance

The paper will be graded according to the extent it:

  • critically reviews applications of MST (20%)
  • critically discusses these applications from a policy as political process perspective (20%)
  • critically discusses the value and limitations of both theoretical perspectives for studying water policy and governance (20%)
  • develops clearly formulated theoretical arguments (20%)
  • well-structured, well-written and well-referenced (20%)

Reading


Lecture 2
Cairney, P., & Jones, M. D. (2016). Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Approach: What Is the Empirical Impact of this Universal Theory? Policy Studies Journal, 44(1), 37–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/psj.12111
Rawat, P., & Morris, J. C. (2016). Kingdon’s “Streams” Model at Thirty: Still Relevant in the 21st Century? Politics & Policy, 44(4), 608–638. https://doi.org/10.1111/polp.12168
Zahariadis, N. Ambiguity and multiple streams. In Sabatier, P. a., & Weible, C. M. (2014). Theories of the Policy Process. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. https://doi.org/10.1081/E-EPAP2-120041405

Lecture 3
Rap, E., & Wester, P. (2013). The practices and politics of making policy: Irrigation management transfer in Mexico. Water Alternatives, 6(3), 506–531. http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/volume6/v6issue3/223-a6-3-10/
Colebatch, H. K. (2006). What work makes policy? Policy Sciences, 39(4), 309–321. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-006-9025-4

Schedule

Plenary sessions 13.30-15.15 Individual work
Mon 14 May Lecture 1: Introduction (AD) Read
Tue 15 May Read
Wed 16 May Lecture 2: Understanding policy and governance: the multiple streams framework (AD) Write draft paper, part 1 Prepare tutorial
Thu 17 May Write draft paper, part 1 Prepare tutorial
Fri 18 May Tutorial 1: Discussing selected applications of MSF to water issues (AD) Write draft paper, part 1 Read
Mon 21 May Write draft paper, part 1 Read
Tue 22 May Lecture 3: Researching the practice of policy making (JV) Write draft paper, part 2 Prepare tutorial
Wed 23 May Write draft paper, part 2 Prepare tutorial
Thu 24 May Write draft paper, part 2 Prepare tutorial
Fri 25 May Write draft paper, part 2 Prepare tutorial
Mon 28 May Tutorial 2: Discussing selected papers from a policy practice perspective (JV) Submit full draft paper
Tue 29 May Review draft papers of 2 other students
Wed 30 May Review draft papers of 2 other students
Thu 31 May Finish paper
Fri 1 June Finish paper
Hand in Final Paper: 8 June

Location

The sessions will be held in building “De Leeuwenborch”, Hollandseweg 1 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The exact rooms will be announced later.

Course fees

WASS, PE&RC and WIMEK/SENSE PhDs with TSP € 220
a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools € 450
All others € 700

NB: for some courses, PhD candidates from other WUR graduate schools with a TSP are also entitled to a reduced fee. Please consult your Education/PhD Programme Coordinator for more information

Cancellation conditions:

Participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 month prior to the start of the course.

The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.

The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.