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Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011


Seminário de Ciência Política do ICS.



15:00, Sala Polivalente   

A Postpostivist Method to Policy Analysis. Analyzing Public Policies as Literary Narratives

Mathias Delori - CNRS research fellow at the Centre Emile Durkheim of Bordeaux, France

Post-positivist policy analysis has fairly highlighted that policy-making is not simply shaped by material interests and calculations but is a struggle within the meaning itself. Range of research agendas have been established in order to understand the intellectual and ideational dimensions of policy processes: notions such as "policy paradigms", "policy narratives", "cognitive and normative frames", "référentiels", etc. have proved useful in this respect. However, these approaches have remained curiously vague about how they proceed in their "interpretive" agenda properly speaking. In the 1990's, Emery Roe and other policy analysts made the point that notions such as "intertextuality" or "meta-narratives" could enlighten how policy actors make sense of the world. In spite of its great promise, this research agenda has been rather left behind. Therefore, in this seminar I propose to explore to what extent contemporary language sciences can provide methodological tools for policy analysis. Given the role that narratives play in policy-making, I propose to focus, in this lecture, on the analytical tools of narratology.

Nota biográfica: Mathias Delori (Lyon, 1978) is a political scientist and historian. He is currently CNRS research fellow at the Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux, France.
His main research interests straddle the fields of Policy Analysis, International Relations, History of collective memory, and Epistemology of social sciences.


15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Movimientos Sociales y Estructura de Oportunidades Política: El caso del 15-M en España

Antonia Gonzalez - Universidad de Murcia

El análisis de la Estructura de Oportunidades Política nos lleva a considerar el Estado español como un estado fuerte con una estrategia inclusiva formal. Desde esta perspectiva, el Movimiento 15‐M, y en general cualquier movimiento, se encuentra con una EOP bastante cerrada para llegar a consolidarse e institucionalizarse. Sin embargo, tal como observa Tarrow, las oportunidades que el sistema provee cambian, y los movimientos sociales deben estar alerta para aprovechar los cambios y saber leer las señales continuas  que les animan o desaminan a utilizar los recursos a su alcance.

Nota biográfica: Antonia González Salcedo es Doctora en Ciencia Política por la Universidad de Murcia. Licenciada en Ciencias Políticas y de la Administración por la Universidad de Granada. Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura y Premio Nacional Fin de Carrera. Es profesora ayudante y secretaria del Área de Ciencia Política de la Universidad de Murcia. Ha realizado estancias en Universidades e Institutos de prestigio, cuenta con publicaciones en revistas españolas e internacionales de referencia. Asimismo,  ha presentado ponencias en diversos Congresos sobre Ciencia Política y Sociología, y ha participado en proyectos de Fortalecimiento Institucional en países de Europa del Este y África subsahariana.       


15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Título a confirmar

Ignácio Lago   


15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Rethinking dimensions of democracy and their operationalization: Authenticity, quality, depth and consolidation

Robert Fishman - Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame

Robert M. Fishman, Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame and visiting professor of political science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a comparativist who works on democracy and democratic practice, politics and culture, and consequences of inequality.  Prior to moving to the University of Notre Dame, Fishman was Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard University and has also been a visiting professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences of the Juan March Institute (Madrid). Fishman earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University and is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Political Science Association.

Fishman is currently writing a book analyzing differences in democratic practice and societal outcomes between "third wave" pioneers Portugal and Spain. His earlier books include Democracy's Voices, winner in 2005 of Honorable Mention for Best Book in Political Sociology, The Year of the Euro (with Anthony Messina), and Working-Class Organization and the Return to Democracy in Spain. Both Democracy's Voices and Working-Class Organization have also been published in Spanish. Fishman's published articles and essays include theoretical analyses - differentiating between states and regimes in democratization and critiquing the concept of social capital - as well as methodological work on the Weberian approach to social science and on the rationale for studying labor movements from the perspective of workplace leaders. Fishman has also published papers on European integration and on sociological determinants of priestly vocations as well as other themes.


 15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Inflated Expectations: The Political Economy of Social Spending in Latin America

David Doyle - Dublin City University (DCU)

Nota biográfica: David's PhD (DCU), which focused on the relationship between political institutions and partisanship in Latin America, was completed in 2009. David's current work is concerned with explaining the resurgence of left wing politics in Latin America, the impact these parties and politicians have on policy and the variables that shape these governments once in power. His general research interests include Latin American politics, partisan politics, political economy, political institutions, globalization and the Southern Cone. His most recent research has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Public Policy and Acta Politica, among others.


15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Emerging Powers and Global Order

Andrew Hurrell - Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford

Professor Andrew Hurrell is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, since 2007. He was previously a Faculty Fellow in International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is Director of the Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford. Previously, Hurrell taught at Johns Hopkins University center in Bologna, and at Christ Church, Oxford. Hurrell is an expert on Brazil and has authored a large number of works on Latin American politics. He is a leading theorist of the 'International Society' approach pioneered at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford by Hedley Bull, and has published widely on a vast range of international issues, from the United Nations and humanitarian intervention to international law. His current research project involves comparing the policies and outlooks of emerging regional powers such as Brazil and India, asking what their role in the shifting world order is likely to be. Recent publications include: (co-editor with Ngaire Woods), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 1999); Hedley Bull on International Society (Macmillan 2000); and (co-editor with Rosemary Foot and John Gaddis), Order and Justice in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2003), On Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2007)       


15:00, Sala Polivalente   

Legislative Position-Taking on Fiscal Austerity: Text Scaling from Budget Debates

Kenneth Benoit - Professor and Head of the Methodology Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Ireland's economic and financial crisis has required the passage of several increasingly austere budgets, starting in 2008, and also the legislation to create the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to consolidate toxic bank debts.  Debates over these pieces of legislation reveals strong differences in political preferences both within parties and between parties that can be estimated by scaling the text of their legislative speeches in each debate.  Moreover, because we can assume that preferences remain stable across budgets, we can use the separate debates to validate the ability of text-scaling methodologies to recover latent positions through text.  Our analysis estimates legislator positions through quantitative text scaling of the budget debates of 2008-2010 plus the NAMA legislation, and compares these results to external expert ratings of each speech for additional validation.

Kenneth Benoit is currently Professor and Head of the Methodology Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously held positions at Trinity College Dublin and Central European University (Budapest). He received his Ph.D. (1998) from Harvard University, Department of Government. Substantive research interests include comparative party competition, the European Parliament, electoral systems, and transitions to democracy. Much of his recent work involves estimating the electoral effects of campaign spending. He is also a leading specialist on Hungarian elections and the Hungarian electoral system. His methodological interests include statistical methodologies for the social sciences, especially those relating to measurement and quantitative text analysis. Recent data large-scale measurement projects in which he has been involved include estimating policy positions of political parties through expert surveys, manifesto coding, and text analysis. Professor Benoit also works occasionally as a consultant for political parties, governmental organizations, and media for all business related to elections, especially computer modeling and forecasting of election outcomes.


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