Policy Change: Revisiting the Past, Analyzing Contemporary Processes and Stimulating Inter-temporal Comparisons

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The panel is aimed at analyzing the characteristics or conditions leading to policy changes. The panel will analyze policy changes occurred in the past, contemporary policy changes and/or inter-temporal comparisons of policy changes. In doing this, the panel seeks to set links to the emerging field of work of “Policy History.”
The analysis focuses on how institutions – formal and/or informal – influence the policy process, on whether types of interchanges among policy actors persist over time and on whether informal institutions shape the way in which formal institutions operate or whether it is the other way around how the policy process develops.
Policy change may be understood as either adaptation processes (which basically maintains a same policy-configuration), or reform processes (addressing changes in their aims and ends, its organizational structure, and service delivery to its target populations). Adaptation would deal more with linear progression or evolutionary dynamics based on learning, cooperation or contingency. Reforms are here understood as planned proactive and even breaking-path processes, with a non-linear dynamics or a non-evolutionary change, that may be fostered both inside and/or outside its organizational dimension, and even due changes at policy the domain level.
The panel is aimed at discussing empirical evidence provided by case studies on policy change in different contexts.