The College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently co-sponsored and participated in a series of webinars forming the opening round of the II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Co-operation.
First held in 2018, this biannual conference brings together researchers from around the world to examine the dynamics of policymaking and development initiatives. The gathering provides a space for scholars to consider issues, concepts and methods to improve understanding of policy diffusion and development co-operation.
The last edition attracted more than 270 participants from the fields of political science, sociology, geography, and more, to discuss how policies travel and governments co-operate.
Starting July 20, the conference’s webinar series discussed an eclectic mix of issues and subjects shaping contemporary policymaking and development discourse. Topics included the growing influence of far-right groups and leaders, the impact of state capacity on policy transfers, and the role of digital technology and internet knowledge hubs in policymaking. Key talking points from these and other webinars will inform panel discussions scheduled for January 25 to March 19, 2021 and concluding plenaries expected to begin March 22, 2021. The CPP will continue to co-sponsor and participate in next year’s proceedings.
“The relevance of the II International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Co-operation should not be underestimated,” said Dr Leslie Pal, founding dean, CPP. “Policymaking in all its forms occurs in many different ways across parts of the world, and involves a diverse array of actors. Practices are also shaped by unequal power relationships and contrasting social, economic and cultural conditions. This conference not only brings these and related issues into focus, it also explains and explores them with greater precision.”
“Accordingly, it’s imperative that CPP makes its presence keenly felt through this likeminded conference. Doing so reflects the priority we place on supporting and contributing to effective policy development and implementation for Qatar National Vision 2030.”