Research Workshop on Policy Failure—Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, presents a Research Workshop on “Policy Failure” Feb. 19-21, 2014. Abstracts are due Nov. 1, 2013. The call for papers is here.

Policy failures present a valuable opportunity for policy learning, but this potential has been largely overlooked by both practitioners and researchers. Although the likelihood of policy failure is at least as high as policy success, the existing literature has focused disproportionately on the latter. Compared to the large volume of publications on “good practices” and “best practices”, little scholarly attention has been paid to “bad practices” or “worst practices” despite their widespread prevalence. As a result, public officials have failed to learn valuable lessons from these experiences.