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Interest groups and Agenda Dynamics Panel at the HKU-USC-IPPA Conference on Public Policy: Coping with Policy Complexity in the Globalized World,10-11 June 2016 ://www.socsc.hku.hk/cpphk/

New Publication: Book Agenda Dynamics in Spain (Chaqués-Bonafont, Palau and Baumgartner), edited by Palgrave Macmillan.

Celebration of the International Conference of Public Policy, Executive Committee meeting in Barcelona next December, 4th and 5th.  Convenors: P. Zittoun and L. Chaqués Bonafont

New call collaboration grant with the SPAP: http://www.ub.edu/dret/afers_generals/beques.html

Prof. Laura Chaqués-Bonafont has been recognized with the ICREA Academia Award (2014).

The Spanish Policy Agendas Project has been recognized as a "Consolidated Research Group" by the AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) (SGR 2014)

New Publications in Political Communication and Interest Groups and Advocacy (see main activities)

7th Annual Conference of the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP) 
June 12-14, 2014 
University of Konstanz (Germany)

The Spanish Policy Agendas Project has been awarded with another grant from the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación to develop a new research project about interest groups participation in the governmental and parliamentary arenas. We develop this project in collaboration with the international research project Intereuro (lead by Prof. David Lowery).

Prof. Frank R. Baumgartner (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) has stayed at the University of Barcelona as a visitor professor from May to June 2011 and from January to June 2012 –with the institutional support of the AGAUR (Generalitat de Catalunya) beca de recerca per a professors e investigadors visitants de la AGAUR (2010 PIV 00089), and the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (CSO2009-09397).

The Spanish Policy Agendas Project is aimed to contribute to the analysis of issue prioritization and policy dynamics in Spain from transition to democracy to present. The main goal is to identify the variations of the list of problems that are object of important attention within the Spanish political system; and to give an explanation of why these variations occur, to what extend issue politicization follows public preferences, and how policy actors –especially mass-media— contribute to explain variations in the prioritization of issues across time.

At present, we are working on five different areas of analysis: (1) the interaction between the political agenda, the media and public opinion, (2) political representation and quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance, (3) Europeanization of the political agenda and patterns of policy convergence across countries and time; (4) gender and public policy and (5) the mobilization of interest organizations.

Our analysis is based on the development of large datasets, which allow combining qualitative and quantitative methods for the analysis of policy dynamics across time, countries and policy subsystems. These databases have been developed following the methodology of the Comparative Policy Agendas Project: an international network of scholars from USA, Canada and several European countries Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

At present the members of the Spanish policy agendas project are: Laura Chaqués Bonafont (IP), Anna M. Palau, Luz M. Muñoz, Ferran Davesa, Ruben Moliné, Andreu Casas, Leonor Flores and Leire Rincón. For more information contact:  laurachaques@ub.edu