Policy Dialogue Day 2018

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”New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict”

Wednesday 30 May 2018,   10.00-17:30

Wallenberg Conference Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden


We are pleased to invite you to the Policy Dialogue Day 2018 “New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict” in Gothenburg, Sweden, May 30, 2018.

This year’s Policy Dialogue Day is organized by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCPD (Uppsala Conflict Data Program) and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System).

The annual Policy Dialogue conference bridges the gap between analysis and practice and aims to shed light on questions relating to democracy support and governance. The conference serves as a meeting platform for practitioners, policy makers, and academics.

Preliminary Program

09.00-10.00  Registration & Coffee

10.00-10.45  Welcome & Keynote Speech

10.45-11.00  Coffee Break

11.00-12.15  Parallel Sessions

Session 1: "Gendering Governance, Conflict, and Democracy: The Role of Women in Development and Foreign Policy”

Session 2: “Public Goods and Fractionalisation: How Ethnicity and Religion Impact Efficient Service Delivery and Redistribution”

Session 3: “What is the Best Sequence? Timing in Democratization, Peace- and Statebuilding”

12.15-13.45  Lunch

13.45-15.00  Parallel Sessions

Session 4: "The Politics of Decay: Corruption and Clientelism Revisited"

Session 5: "Unwanted Change: Patterns of Success and Failure in Democratization and Peacebuilding"

Session 6: “Measuring and Predicting Success and Failure in Governance, Democracy and Conflict”

15.00-15.30  Coffee Break

Open invitation to discuss recent survey results on public support for redistribution and cohesion policy in collaboration with Horizon 2020 and PERCEIVE.

15.30-16.30  Plenary Session

“How do we know what works: Current Trends in Causal Inference and the Evaluation of International Assistance Programs”.

  Reflections & Closing Remarks

16.30-17.30  Reception


A detailed program is available here:  Prel. Program Policy Dialogue Day 2018 (3.5 MB)


V-Dem is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring  democracy. https://www.v-dem.net/en/

The QoG Institute conducts and promotes research on the nature, causes, and consequences of the Quality of Government. http://qog.pol.gu.se

GLD-Gothenburg aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. http://gld.gu.se

UCDP is the world’s main provider of data on organized violence and the oldest ongoing data collection project for civil war. http://ucdp.uu.se

ViEWS is a rigorous data-based system that will provide early warnings for the forms of political violence recorded by the UCDP.


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