ECPR Panel ‘Computational Institutional Analysis of Bureaucracy’
Call for Papers to ECPR panel:
The panel ‘Computational Institutional Analysis of Bureaucracy’ (Panel 6 under https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/SectionDetails/1328), hosted by Alessia Damonte and myself, within the Section on the ‘Politics of Bureaucracy’ at the 2023 ECPR General Conference in Prague focuses on the presentation of innovative approaches to study bureaucracies, inviting for contributions that both theoretical as well as data-driven!
Bureaucracies are crucial to policy performance and qualify political regimes. Theories portray them as inertial or responsive, entrepreneurial or risk-averse, siloed or collaborative, vulnerable to capture or stalwart. Such diversity is ascribed to differences in the configurations of rules that shape their structure, coordination, and agency. However, the mechanisms connecting specific rule configurations to models of bureaucratic agency and delivered goods and values can seldom rely on systematic and credible evidence as prescriptions may need. This Panel invites papers that discuss how computational tools can help gauge, render, and evaluate these mechanisms and the conditions for scaling them up.