How and why study public policies in times of crises?

The Roundtable aims to launch a debate on how the different policy approaches each of the participants stands for might help us to understand the challenges of contemporary liberal democracies.

Two main questions will be addressed by each of the participants before engaging in a debate with the public:

1. Can policy approaches help us to understand the rise of extremist parties, populism, the resilience of neo-liberalism, an increasing complexity of decision-making processes, a fostering of participatory democracy and a perception of elite-led policies …?

2. Can and should policy approaches help political actors? And if yes, how? Is there a theoretical usefulness of policy advice?




  • Claire Dupuy, Associate Professor of Political Science, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, PACTE
  • Frank Fisher, Research scholar, Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University
  • Claudio Radaelli, Professor of Political Science, Director, Centre for European Governance, University of Exeter
  • Sabine Saurugger, Professor of Political Science, Research Dean, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, PACTE
  • Grace Skogstad, Professor of Political Science, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Chris Weible, Professor, PhD Program Director, Co-Director, Workshop on Policy Process Research, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
  • Philippe Zittoun, Research Professor, LAET - ENTPE, University of Lyon, General Secretary of the International Public Policy Association

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