This panel explores the idea of policy mobility and its effects. We invite reflection on how ideas and practices associated with governance and management travel, how policies are taken up or get embedded in new contexts, & the new kinds of relations, subjectivities & practices this process creates.
It is over 25 years since the project for an Anthropology of Policy was initiated at the EASA conferences in Prague and Oslo. At that time neoliberal experiments in the reinvention of government through structural adjustment programmes, New Public Management reforms and the 'governance' turn were at their height in countries such as Britain, the US, Chile, Mexico and New Zealand. In the decades since, the rationalities that drove those process have mutated, diversified and spread rapidly across the globe bringing major changes to the global economy and local societies. This EASA conference explores the mobility and settlement of people in an increasingly globalised world. However, we might equally ask about the mobility of ideas and concepts and how particular programmes, practices and policies travel, get taken up, or become embedded in new environments. We invite papers to reflect on: 1. How do policies travel? 2. Who are the actors that drive the mobility and settlement of policies? 3. In what ways do policies reshape the domains into which they are introduced, and how are those policies themselves changed as a result of their entry into new contexts? 4. What new systems of governance, social relations and organisational forms do they generate? 5. How do governments, companies and other organisations use policies to try and engender new kinds of subjects and subjectivities? 6. How do individuals and groups engage with and contest policy processes? 7. What new methodological tools and theoretical approaches can we use to analyse policy mobility?