International Summer School in Public Policy, Padova, Italy

Deadline: 28 March 2014
Open to: PhD, Master and Postgraduate students, as well as practitioners and public officials
Venue: 9-14 June 2014, Padova, Italy


The Summer School is an initiative of the Standing Group Political Science and Public Policy of the Italian Association of Political Science (SISP), aimed to promote approaches and policy tools in the belief that they can improve institutional efficiency. The 2014 edition will be held in Padova from 9 to 14 June. The Summer School will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies at the University of Padova in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Research Centre ‘Giorgio Lago’ and the Regional Council of the Veneto Region.

The institutional dimension of policy processes is one of the most frequently addressed issues in policy analysis. However, this aspect is also somewhat misunderstood and therefore can be difficult to work with. Public policy institutions take on considerable importance in the context of financial market failures, the expansion of public-private partnerships, state default caused by public debt, the efficiency and effectiveness of local public services, and the coordination between the various levels of government in European and global policy.

The Summer School will offer its participants diverse approaches and research methods to deal with the institutional variable in a comparative perspective discussing the questions:

  • How can institutional variables be studied in the context of policy processes?
  • How do institutional variables work in policy-making?
  • What relevance do the institutional variables have in policy change?
  • Constitutional reforms are often indicated as evidence of policy change and proposed as a solution for improving capacity building and good governance. But is this truly the case?

The Summer School will focus on approaches and methods that may be used by scientific research programs as well as by those working in both the public and private sectors. For more details, check the official programme.


The Summer School is aimed at PhD, Master and Postgraduate students, to practitioners and public officials.


A minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 participants will be admitted. The registration fee is 80 EUR for students and 120 EUR for practitioners. Participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Two scholarships are available for non-EU students, covering the registration fee and accommodation costs.


Applications should be submitted by 28 March 2014 to the email address: [email protected] using the application form and attaching all the documents required. Acceptance of applications will be made by the Standing Group, respecting the principle of equal opportunities.

Check the official call HERE.

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