Discriminating Ontology: Looking for Meaning in ‘Policy’ and ‘Governance’

Sachin Kumar BADKAS, UNU-MERIT and MGSoG

It is the responsibility of a teacher to clarify concepts well enough in class so they stay that way - clear in the minds of future employees in public affairs. At a Masters in 'Policy' at a School of 'Governance', students often assume equivalence unless explicitly told differently. They conflate the two terms to the extent that incapacitates thought and debilitates analytical work. They need help distinguishing the terms. The paper motivates and offers definitions designed to highlight differences between the terms and specify boundaries.

About the speaker
Sachin has previously studied engineering, business and policy, and worked as a Policy Analyst at a federal level. As such, his research interests cover the intersections of Policy Analysis with Business, Environment and Technology. Current research explores various aspects of environmental policy analysis in Europe - current practice, scope for innovative analytical methods, recruitment of analytical talent, and the opportunities of Big Data. Near-future research would cover Big Data and Policy, game theoretic analysis of green innovation procurement, and agent-based modelling of alternative economic or institutional systems.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 27 March 2014

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


UNU-MERIT