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Policy Narratives: The Role of Stories, Arguments and Deliberation in Policy Making.

Dialogue Session


Policy analysis and prescription have, for some decades now, been strongly informed by the ideas of interpretation and discourse. It seems fitting, at this moment in global affairs, to reflect on what we have learned about the application of the communicative model to public policy. What is its unfulfilled potential and limitations, and what are some emerging questions for policy researchers to contend with? What does deliberation mean in an age of fundamentalism? What are some ways forward, vis-à-vis engaging the excluded or crafting dialogue, in post-LKY Singapore, Xi’s China, Trump’s America? Join the public forum as three policy scholars moderate a dialogue with the rest of our scholarly community.

Dr. Leong Ching

Assistant Professor, Co-director of Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Polic Policy

Leong Ching obtained her Phd in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She is the recipient of the Wang Gung Wu Medal and Prize winner 2013, (Best PhD Thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences). She has previously worked as a newspaper and television reporter and has graduate degrees in philosophy, information technology and journalism.

Her research interests include water policies, public sector reform, and communication strategies. Her current research project includes examining the impact of communication on the implementation of water policies, narratives and third-party governance.

Prof. Frank Fischer

Distinguished Professor of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University

Frank Fischer has until recently been Distinguished Professor of Politics and Global Affairs at Rutgers University in the USA. He is now at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is co-editor of Critical Policy Studies journal and Handbook of Public Policy Series editor for Edward Elgar. In addition to widely lecturing around the world on environmental politics and policy analysis, he has published 16 books and numerous essays. These include Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices (Oxford 2003), Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics and Methods, co-edited with Mara Sidney and Gerald Miller (Taylor and Francis 2006), Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry (Oxford 2009), The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice, co-edited with Herbert Gottweis (Duke 2012), the Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, co-edited with Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnova and Michael Orsini ( Elgar 2015), and Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect (Oxford 2017) . In addition to research in the United States and Germany, he has conducted field research in India, Nepal and Thailand. He has also received numerous awards, including the Harold Lasswell Award for contributions to the field

Assoc Prof. Raul P Lejano

Associate Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University 

Raul Lejano is an urban planning and policy scholar whose foremost interests involve understanding people’s deep engagements with community and environment, and reflecting such in how we design policy and institutions from a relational perspective. His work on urban sustainability involves increasing resilience in vulnerable communities to risks from extreme weather events, environmental health risks, and social disenfranchisement. His research suggests strategies for reforming urban governance around an ethic of care. Current projects include analyzing institutional innovation around land reform and environmental governance in China.

Beginning with his first book, Frameworks for Policy Analysis: Merging Text and Context (Routledge), he has developed approaches for integrating multiple analytical lenses in interpreting environmental situations. In his latest (co-authored) book, The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks (MIT Press), a theory is advanced regarding the unique capacity of narrative to capture complex human motivations and human-nonhuman relationships. His policy analysis book is available in Chinese (http://item.jd.com/12024656.html) and published by Tsinghua Press.

Lejano has held faculty appointments at MIT, UCI, and HKU before coming to the Steinhardt School at NYU. As a doctoral student, he worked with Lloyd Shapley, recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics.

Chair Person:

Dr. Leong Ching, Co-director of Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

2.00pm - 4.00pm


Executive Seminar Room
Block B, Level 3
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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