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RESTRUCTURING GOVERNANCE: A POSTGRADUATE AND EARLY CAREER
21st November, 2008
Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
Over the last decade academic focus on government and governance has
been shifting, parallel with changes in UK governing structures, to encompass
a wide range of different definitions and understandings of the concept. The
continuing exploration of governance is significant to our understanding of the
ways in which different networks and hierarchies are structured and
restructured: as such this forms the focus for this symposium.
Since coming to power New Labour have instigated a number of, arguably,
contradictory reforms; most notably a shift away from the hierarchical forms
of state organisations, whilst strengthening the centre through continuing
emphasis on the importance of the Westminster model. Be the consequence a
lack of clarity around the role and function at various levels of governance or
the repeated cry of responsibility without power, the role of academics is to
understand, explain and analyse potential causes and solutions.
This symposium offers the opportunity to investigate these dimensions and
dynamics and to explore the role of academics as catalysts for change.
Key themes for the conference:
- Multi-level governance, shifting trends in governing strategies and
alternative approaches to governance.
- Empirical approaches to exploring and critiquing developments in governance
including critical policy analysis.
Confirmed plenary speaker:
Peter Wells, Professor of Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Centre for
Regional Economic and Social Research:
- ‘Ideas, Governance and the Role of Think Tanks in UK Regional Policy’
A 'mentor' will also be assigned to each session to guide and stimulate debate
Attendance is FREE and lunch will be provided but places are limited, so please
can those interested in attending e-mail to the adresses given below to
confirm a place.
Offers of workshop papers are invited (title plus an abstract of 200 words) and
should be sent to:
Sioned Pearce ([log in to unmask]) or Will Eadson ([log in to unmask])
Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB
OFFERS OF PAPERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY October the 5th 2008
Delegates will be encouraged to submit to a potential special edition of
People, Policy and Place Journal