18th Annual JCPA-ICPA Scholarly Society Virtual Workshop

September 7, 2020

18th Annual JCPA-ICPA Scholarly Society Virtual Workshop

Title: What Does Comparative Policy Analysis Have to Do With the Structure-Institution-Agency Debate?

Date: September 11-12, 2020

Place: This virtual workshop will be conducted on Zoom from Koç University, Istanbul, Türkiye

Convenor: Prof. Caner Bakir


On September 11-12, 2020 Koc University and Center for Globalization Peace and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) will host the 18th workshop of the Scholarly Society for International Policy Analysis (ICPA-Forum) and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA). It is titled “What Does Comparative Policy Analysis Have to Do With the Structure, Institution and Agency Debate?” of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA).

The goals of this ICPA-Forum and JCPA Workshop are threefold: (1) to encourage empirical and theoretical interest in the interactions among structural, institutional and agency-level factors that inform CPA perspectives, focusing on different levels of analysis, and applying different research methodologies; (2) to build richly contextualized, interdisciplinary and comparative conceptual or theoretical foundations for analysis and research; and (3) to stimulate further comparative empirical policy research that uses original data and focuses on, for example, comparative analysis of countries or cases in the policy domains. The central focus is on impacts of interrelated structural, institutional and agency-related factors affecting policy analysis at the national, the supranational, regional, or actor levels of analysis.

Webinar Workshop Format

This year the Workshop will be held as a Webinar, but closely adhering to the characteristics of the JCPA and ICPA-Forum limited number of high quality accepted papers and highly interactive in-depth proceedings. The presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by two assigned discussants (10minute each), and 10-minute discussion open for all participants. There will be short breaks between presentations. This template has proven to lend itself to potential special issues and to a close network of policy comparativists. Following the annual workshop’s tradition, the JCPA Annual Award for the Best Comparative Paper will be presented on September 12th.


Tentative Schedule of Workshop 


September 11, 2020



Caner Bakir (Türkiye) & Iris Geva-May (USA)



1st Round of Papers

Erdem Yörük & Alper Şükrü Gencer (Türkiye)

“The Dynamics of Welfare Regime Development in Emerging Markets: Structure, Institutions and Actors”

Discussants: Maria Tuluanti & Sinan Akgunay



2nd Round of Papers

Giliberto Capano & Maria Tullia Galanti (Italy)

“The Interactions between Contexts, Institutions and Agents: How Policy Entrepreneurs and Policy Leaders Shape Contextualized Reform Narratives and Policy Instruments”

Discussants: Erdem Yoruk & Caner Bakir






3rd Round of Papers

Osmany Porto de Oliveira (Brazil)

“Agents, Institutions and Structures in the diffusion of Brazilian policies”

Discussants: Mhamed Biygautane & Caner Bakir



4th Round of Papers

Robert H. Cox (USA)

“Constructing Europe’s Collaborative Economy: Actors, Institutions, and Structural Contingency in a New Regulatory Space”

Discussants: Giliberto Capano & Osmany Porto


September 12, 2020


Fifth Round of Papers 

Paul Fawcett & Mhamed Biygautane (Australia)

“Policy networks, institutional work and Public-Private Partnerships in Kuwait: How do policy actors use their agency to eradicate rival alternatives?”

Discussants: Aydin Gunduz & Caner Bakir



Sixth Round of Papers

Paul Cairney (United Kingdom)

“The role of structures, institutions, and agents in policymaking: a framework to facilitate and explain policy learning and transfer”

Discussants: Paul Fawcett & Mustafa Yagci



7th Round of Papers 

Caner Bakir

“Why Do the Policy Sciences Need an Integrated View of Structure, Institution and Agency?”

Discussants: Paul Cairney & Erdem Yoruk






Presentation of the Annual JCPA Best Article Award for 2020 to Keonhi Son and Reimut Zohlnhöfer (Germany) by Professor Iris Geva-May (JCPA Editor in Chief)

The conclusion of the Virtual Workshop

Caner Bakir & Leslie A. Pal (Executive Editor, Qatar)







Sponsoring organizations:

GLODEM, Koc University, JCPA, ICPA-Forum


Registration Information:

The fee for attendance at the virtual workshop is $50 USD. A discounted rate of $25 USD is available for PhD students.


Membership Special: To attend the workshop and to become a member of the ICPA Scholarly Society, the fee is $136 USD. Membership benefits include a free annual subscription to the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Additional benefits: https://comparativepolicy.org/icpa-forum/icpa-forum-member-benefits/.

To participate as author or audience, and receive the Zoom link information please pay the registration fee by September 7, 2020 via the PayPal link: click here.


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