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Second Annual Conference on Public Policy «Glocal pressures, democratic practices, vested interests»


Faculty of international relations and political studies NWIM RANEPA announces the Second Annual Conference on Public Policy Studies «Glocal pressures, democratic practices, vested interests», which will take place on 26-27 April 2019 in St Petersburg, Russia. Working languages: English, Russian.

The Second Annual Conference “Glocal pressures, democratic practices, vested interests” explores global and local pressures on public policy. Two powerful trends have reshaped public policy in both developed and developing countries in the recent decades. On the one hand, organized interests exert increasing pressure on political institutions and administrative bodies; the number of interest groups and their influence continue to rise. In the US context, scholars have called this phenomenon ‘an advocacy explosion’. On the other hand, concentration of power and authority on the national level increasingly gives way to a complex topology of governance that includes the local, regional, national, international and global scales. This has been termed ‘multi-level governance’, with some scholars also invoking the concept of ‘glocalization’.

These two tendencies – the flow of power ‘upward, downward and sideways’ from the central state and the increasing influence of organized interests – interact in complex ways. The shifting topology of governance makes interest groups change their strategies, which span simultaneously across several geographical scales. The evolution of the ‘glocal’ lobbying strategies requires further analysis.

Both tendencies have a substantial impact on political dynamics. Increasing power of organized interests enables the representation of various social groups, yet the business elite has a clear advantage in this respect. As a result, ‘advocacy explosion’ translates into increased business power and widening inequality. Glocalization and multi-level governance have a democratic potential, since they increase the participation on the local and regional level, yet the key supranational actor – the EU – is often blamed for a democratic deficit and the international financial institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank, are criticized for the imposition of certain policy agendas through the mechanism of loan conditionality.

The Second Annual Conference on Public Policy Studies features the following topics:

  • Current forms of interest group politics
  • Transformation of governance in the context of the rescaling of power away from the national level
  • Interest group strategies in the context of glocalization and multi-level governance
  • Lobbyism and democratic representation in modern public policy
  • Regulation and self-regulation in the context of nonperfect competition

We invite public policy scholars from Russia and all over the world to send an English-language abstract (500 words) and a CV to the following address: fspi.conference@gmail.com. The deadline for abstracts is 17 February 2019.

There is no participation fee.


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