2016 Annual Institute

2016 Annual Institute
Society of Policy Scientists
October 27-29, 2016
Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA

"Diffusion of Ideas: Linking Lasswell to the Future"


Institute Agenda

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Location: Pickford Auditorium

6:00-8:00: Continuing Education Seminar
(Pizza and beverages to be served)

Facilitator: Doug Clark (University of Saskatchewan)

Our aim is to address the practical task of situating and communicating the policy sciences approach as a mode of inquiry. Most early-career community members have a solid grasp of “the framework” and of mapping categories, but feel less well equipped to situate the analytic approach that accompanies the framework: its epistemic underpinnings; the method of inquiry it represents; and how those elements can be clearly, explicitly, and defensibly represented in the context of a research program or paper. Our goal for the session is to help newer practitioners (a) clarify their sense of and (b) explicitly communicate ”the approach” in its more comprehensive form. This will be a casual opportunity for newer practitioners to have questions answered clearly and explicitly through open conversation with the community.




Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: Pickford Auditorium

8:30-9:00 Coffee and muffins

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction

Institute Host: Bill Ascher

Co-President of Society of Policy Scientists: Susan Iott

Vice Presidents and Institute Co-organizers: Jennifer Zavaleta and Liz Thomas

9:15-11:15 Law, Science, and Policy in Uncertain Times: Practitioners’ Insights

Moderator: Ryan Koslosky (Assistant General Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement)

Ryan Koslosky Scaling Sovereignty: Constituting a Jus Post Bellum in Failed or Weak States

Craig Hammer (World Bank), The Fight AGAINST Transformational Development in 2016: Scary Trends and What We Can Do About It

Doug Clark (University of Saskatchewan), Arctic Governance Lessons for a Turbulent World

Amanda Lynch (Brown University), Institutions for Integration in Australian Environmental Water Governance: Evolving Challenges and Emerging Pathways

Adam Freeman (Sciences Po, Paris), Future Systems of Identity in the World Ordering Archive

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30- 12:30 The Incremental Diffusion of the Policy Sciences through Prospective Engagement with Key Actors

Moderator: Jennifer Zavaleta

Isabelle Michaud-Létourneau (Cornell University), How Can Policy Advocates Influence the Decision Functions to Improve Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies in 9 countries: Insights from a Real-time Evaluation?

Jacqueline Wassef (University of Montreal), Improving the Health Professionals Initial Training and Education in Breastfeeding in the Province of Quebec, Canada: Framing as a Collective Impact Initiative

12:30-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30- 2:45 Policy Sciences and Climate Change

Moderator: Craig Hammer

Amanda H. Lynch (Brown University), Urgency in the Anthropocene

Meagan Grabowski and Doug Clark (University of Saskatchewan), Identifying the Barriers or Facilitating Factors to Climate Change Adaptation Research Uptake in Yukon Communities

Jennifer Zavaleta (University of Michigan), Ethnographic Decision Tree Modeling of Conservation Agriculture in Southern Malawi

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:45 Student Panel

Moderator: Liz Thomas

Isabel Laterzo (Claremont McKenna College and Education Advisory Board), Violent Crime and Citizen Insecurity in Latin America: Applying Lasswell’s Framework to Address Context Specific Policy Issues

Meghan Bogaerts (University of Michigan), Contextualizing Farmer Decision-Making on Brazilian Cattle Ranches in Response to National Climate Change Goals

Nikki Chen (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Social Process Mapping in Food Deserts

Chenyu Li (Claremont McKenna College), Policy Impasses: Causes and Solutions

6:00–10:00 Presentation of McDougal and Lasswell Prizes
                  Susan Iott (Society Co-President)

Keynote Address
Looking Back on a Policy Sciences Career
Garry Brewer
(Yale University School of Management)

Being a policy scientist is a challenge. Not being a policy scientist can be many other things: narrow, boring, irrelevant, not a lot of fun. Every career is unique, of course, but I’m beginning to see some patterns and characteristics that happen more than once to policy scientists. At the least these are good jumping off points for a discussion. That’s the hope anyway.

  • Individual motivation
  • Educational preparation
  • People along the way: Mentors, inspirations, “bad actors,” too.
  • Turning points and decisions
  • “Fortuna”: Luck matters, for good and ill.
  • The main purpose of this session is to share a long career with some of you in the hope of providing encouragement and perhaps even some guidance. Heaven knows there are more than enough problems to define and common grounds to be discovered. Even better, improving human dignity is our all-purpose and indisputable goal. The session will be informal. Lots of Q&A, so don’t be shy.




    Saturday October 29, 2016
    Location: Pickford Auditorium

    8:30-9:00 Coffee and muffins
    [Executive Council Meeting to simultaneously be held]

    9:00-10:00 Power and Autonomy in Asia

    Moderator: Jacqueline Wassef

    Yuzhu Liu (University of Saskatchewan), Policy Dynamics of China’s Alternative Urbanization: A Case Study of Chongqing

    Shane Joshua Barter (Soka University of America), Power to the Province: Rethinking Autonomy in Southeast Asia

    10:00- 10:15 Break

    10:15-11:30 Training to Maximize the Effectiveness of Development Practitioners

    Moderator: Bill Ascher

    Discussants: Garry Brewer and Craig Hammer

    11:30-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

    1:00-2:30 The Academy

    Moderator: Bill Ascher

    Discussants: Susan Iott, Diana Ascher, and Garry Brewer

    2:30-2:45 Break

    2:45-4:15 Society Business

    Susan Iott, Co-President of Society of Policy Scientists

  • Academy Update
  • Next Site for the Institute
  • Volunteers
  • 6:00-9:00 Closing Dinner
                    Buffet and Beverages
                    Location: Kravis Center 321

    Winners of McDougal and Lasswell Prizes

    McDougal Prize: Paul Staniland, Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse out of Cornell University Press and nominated by David Mitchell. The award is named for Myers McDougal one of the founders of the policy sciences.

    Lasswell Prize: Marion Vernon, “Addressing a Persistent Policy Problem: The Elk Hunt in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming” in Society and Natural Resources and nominated by Susan G. Clark. The award is named for Harold D. Lasswell one of the founders of the policy sciences.

    Graduate student prize for unpublished paper: Evan Andrews, “Diverse knowledge types for hydroelectric dam management: Empirical evidence for a two-eyed seeing approach in the Saskatchewan River Delta.”

    Undergraduate student prize for unpublished paper: Isabel Laterzo for her thesis on Violent Crime and Citizen Insecurity in Latin America.