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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 2021: Value concepts in contemporary policymaking

                CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 2021: Interpreting
Politics, Governance, and Space.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 March 2021 23:59 GMT.
More information on the conference can be found here.
Panel Title: P8 - Value concepts in contemporary
Abstract: The concept of value has gained new currency in contemporary
policymaking but remains elusive: for instance, in the case of health care,
the concept of 'value' is put forward by policymakers, practitioners,
economists, insurers, researchers, managers, and patients to justify, question
or promote new interventions, and policy instruments (including so-called
'nudges'). The emergence of the SARS-CoV2 vaccine is a case in point: beyond
clinical value, vaccines are ascribed economic, ethical, and societal value,
too. This panel uses biomedicine, health care, and public health policy to
explore these questions empirically and conceptually.
We ask:
- How are practices, things`, and processes made valuable in biomedicine and
health care policy?
- Who gets to define value in contemporary democracies and by what means (e.g.
quantitative measurements, qualitative best practices)?
- What social practices and technologies are involved in these practices? What
criteria and value repertoires become salient in different spaces
(organizational settings, policy contexts, patient movements etc)?
- How are ethical, moral, and economic norms involved and what controversies
can we identify? - What methods can policy analysts use to address these
In this panel, we welcome both conceptual and empirical papers on the subject
of value, and encourage speakers to reflect on the impact of their research on
policy and practice.
Panel Convenors:

Dr. Katharina Theresa Paul, Senior Research Fellow, Dep. of Political Sciences
(University of Vienna)

Dr. Katharina Kieslich, Univ.-Ass. Postdoctoral Researcher, Dep. of Political
Sciences (University of Vienna)

Dr. Saheli Datta Burton, Research Fellow, Dept of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Public Policy (University College London - UCL)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack, Head of the Department of Political Sciences
(University of Vienna)

Dr. Gabrielle Samuel, Research Fellow (University of Southampton)

Important dates:
Paper submission deadline: Extended to 31 March 2021
Decision notification: Late April 2021
Conference: 28th June - 2 July 2021; Virtual format
Please submit your abstract (250 to 500 words) in pdf format to:
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