Policy Times and the Temporalities of Policy
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
November 29 – December 3; Washington, D.C.
Organizers: Noemi Lendvai, University of Bristol, UK, and Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
Although it is widely recognized that ‘space’ and ‘time’ are actively enrolled and reassembled within policy, there has been much more focus on ‘space’ than ‘time’ with a significant literature addressing ‘new geographies of policy’ and the importance of ‘cross jurisdictional flows’ and ‘translations’ (Peck, 2001; Clarke et al, 2015). Peck and Theodore’s recent book ‘Fast Policy’ (2015) is an exception, exploring the rapid acceleration, time-space compression, and slick mobility of contemporary policy making processes, exploring both ‘participatory budgeting’ and ‘conditional cash transfers’. This is far from the whole story, however, suggesting the need for the study of what may appear as ‘fast and smooth’ policy to be complemented by the study of ‘slow and contested’ policy. Behind every example of supposedly intensified and instantaneous connectivity of policy nodes, there is a much more complex set of often competing ‘temporal imperatives’ (Costas and Grey, 2014) at work. This panel is looking for papers, conceptual and empirical, which explore the multiple, complex, and contradictory temporalities of policy, addressing how policies not only ‘pass through time’ but themselves re-order and re-constitute time (Oke, 2009). How are some of the ‘rhythms and ruptures’ (Coffey, 2004) of policy time manifested in practice? How do policy narratives seek to re-organise time and what is the power of ‘counter-hegemonic’ temporalities in specific contexts? How do the different temporalities of, inter alia, policy consultants, policy makers, street level bureaucrats and service users imapct on the social life of policy? Can a ‘politics of the slow’ (Mountz et al, 2015) be complemented by a deliberate attention to ‘slow policy’?
Clarke, J. et al (2015) Making Policy Move: towards a politics of translation and assemblage, Bristol: Policy Press
Coffey A. (2004) Reconceptualising Social Policy, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Costas, J. and C. Grey (2014) ‘The Temporality of Power and the Power of Temporality: imaginary future selves in professional service firms’, Organization Studies 35(6): 909-937.
Mountz, A. et al (2015) ‘For Slow Scholarship: a feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university’, ACME: an international ejournal for critical geographies 14(4)
Oke, N. (2009) ‘Globalizing Time and Space: temporal and spatial considerations in discourses of globalization’, International Polictical Sociology 3(3): 310 – 326.
Peck, J. and N. Theodore (2015) Fast Policy: experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Please submit title and abstract of no more than 250 words to [email protected] by 3 April 2017.