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This study aims to investigate the development of the field of public policies and public administration in Argentina during the period 2001–2019. The purpose is to identify how this field has grown within the broader disciplinary area of political science. We will systematize and analyze papers, panels, and conferences presented at the National Congress of Political Science organized by the Argentine Society of Political Analysis between 2001 and 2019 and the National Congress of Studies in Public Administration organized by the Argentine Association of Public Administration Studies between 2001 and 2018.

We will quantify the works presented at each conference according to the thematic area, line of research, and territorial and institutional distribution. This study will take into account social, political, and economic context at the national level and trends that respond to subnational level agendas.

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The latest edition in the International Library of Policy Analysis series explores a comprehensive overview of policy analysis in Argentina. It explores theoretical frameworks, views of the state, the development of the field, and current paradigms before examining knowledge produced at different levels (federal, provincial, and local); the application of the discipline by internal policy advisory councils, consultants, and committees; the role of think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and political parties; and the developments provided by university teaching and research.

Analyzing the conceptual frameworks and methodologies used from a meta-theoretical perspective, it provides a panoramic picture of the perspectives and challenges of policy analysis in Argentina.

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This chapter seeks to investigate the production of public policies formulated in the last ten years in the legislative branch of Argentina. To this end, we will analyze the main areas addressed and their impact at the social level. We will also investigate whether these policies were promoted by the executive branch or by the National Congress’ Chambers. In Argentina, the president has important institutional powers to propose legislation. In this regard, we will also investigate the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, and between the ruling party and the opposition to determine whether they were approved in a consensual or majority manner.

On the other hand, we will explore the role of the technical areas within the ntional legislative branch in recent years. We will observe the parliamentary performance of the legislative commissions, the different technical offices that the Congress has, and we will also evaluate the impact that the creation of the Budget Office of the National Congress, and the offices of access to public information and transparency, have had so far.

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This chapter analyzes the development of think tanks oriented to public policies in Argentina.

Since the dawn of democracy in 1983, Argentina has seen a surge of interest in policy analysis. Political parties, private companies, universities, and citizens have stepped up to the political arena to form and increasingly shape public policy. Thus, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and think tanks took a privileged place among those stakeholders, often playing a key role in articulating several perspectives to strengthen the public interest.

Over the last 35-plus years, the political context proved to be in favor of those experiences. Liberty and civil rights have expanded the scope of action for the civil sector, NGOs, and think tanks. Nevertheless, the civil sector has confronted several challenges throughout the same period. First, the fiscal restriction has been a common note in the democratic period.

NGOs and think tanks in Argentina professionalized their work over the last years, working on an evidence-based analysis and with mixed methods, including both quantitative analysis and qualitative inquiry on documents and stakeholders. Based on, but not limited to, the Anglo-Saxon tradition of quantitative analysis, reports, and presentations, the civil sector extended its advocacy actions and a permanent dialog with policy makers.

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This chapter explores the process of emergence and development of the study of public policy in higher education institutions (undergraduate and graduate) in Argentina. The reconstruction of this path allows us to track the theoretical influences and dialogues with the particular context, which allowed gaining an important place in the agendas and the academic offer of social sciences.

For this purpose, we will survey the training programs in various careers and academic institutions since the return to democracy in Argentina using a diachronic and situational criterion. We will consider their formal and substantive aspects, focusing on the predominant approaches and methods in the public policy teaching process.

Over more than four decades, public policies have painstakingly earned a place as an object of study. This field became more robust due to processes of state reform that deepened and took shape in the region from the 1990s onwards, and the more recent, albeit pendulum-like, “return to the State”.

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This chapter analyzes the managerial administrative reform involved in the creation of the Corps of Government Administrators in the 1980s. In order to implement these changes within the civil service, the Corps of Government Administrators was created in 1984, inspired by the French École Nationale d’Administration and creating a hopeful and expectant atmosphere within the Argentine public administration. The development of an elite body implied the need to forge and shape a solid institutional quality. This was done by the new Government Administrators Training Program. Its initial aim consisted of recruiting and training public servants with the new values of a strong public vocation. The four public calls for applications, which were launched during the first decade of democracy, allowed the incorporation of 207 government administrators among more than 9,000 applicants. They came from many academic areas and had to work in rotation, performing their duties in multiple state agencies.

Over 25 years after the last graduation of government administrators, their destiny has been subject to the continuous ups and downs of Argentine politics. At present, the Corps’ role has been reinvigorated with the renewed possibility of the training of new cadres according to present demands.

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The latest edition in the International Library of Policy Analysis series explores a comprehensive overview of policy analysis in Argentina. It explores theoretical frameworks, views of the state, the development of the field, and current paradigms before examining knowledge produced at different levels (federal, provincial, and local); the application of the discipline by internal policy advisory councils, consultants, and committees; the role of think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and political parties; and the developments provided by university teaching and research.

Analyzing the conceptual frameworks and methodologies used from a meta-theoretical perspective, it provides a panoramic picture of the perspectives and challenges of policy analysis in Argentina.

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This introductory chapter seeks to develop the fundamental concepts of the book, providing a meta-theoretical framework for addressing the study of the disciplinary fields. In this section, we furnish a general characterization of the country, its distinctive aspects, the political system, and the different levels of government that are relevant for policy analysis. The proposal in which we frame this work is the studies on the history and development of public administration and policy sciences. In this way, we will show the general guidelines of the development of policy analysis in Argentina, pointing out the milestones from the democratic period, marked by: first, the creation of postgraduate programs from the 1980s; second, the increase of academic production with the reform of the state at the end of the 20th century; finally, the specialization of sub-areas promoted by the creation of research centers. We find a final stage in the last decade with the consolidation of degrees in administration and public policy. At the same time will be discussed the main topics analyzed in Argentina, as well as the theoretical frameworks used and their methodologies, focusing on the relationship between academic production on public policy and policy making, which contributed to the development of this sub-area of knowledge.

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The latest edition in the International Library of Policy Analysis series explores a comprehensive overview of policy analysis in Argentina. It explores theoretical frameworks, views of the state, the development of the field, and current paradigms before examining knowledge produced at different levels (federal, provincial, and local); the application of the discipline by internal policy advisory councils, consultants, and committees; the role of think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and political parties; and the developments provided by university teaching and research.

Analyzing the conceptual frameworks and methodologies used from a meta-theoretical perspective, it provides a panoramic picture of the perspectives and challenges of policy analysis in Argentina.

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This chapter reviews some theoretical developments in the field of policy analysis in Argentina, the field’s conceptual sources, and its interactions with the process of policy making.

To do so, we will take as cases the academic production and professional biography of four contemporary Argentine authors who are prominent in the disciplinary space of public policy analysis.

This chapter will reconstruct the frameworks of analysis of these authors, highlighting their main analytical categories, conceptual axes, and methodological approaches. We will then investigate the elements they take from the different current theoretical traditions and how they incorporate them into their corpus. In the third section of the chapter, we will show how these authors conceive the relationship between the production of knowledge in the field of public policy and the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies. We will conclude with a set of reflections on the relationship between policy analysis in the disciplinary field and public policy as a form of intervention on socially problematic issues. The sources used for the elaboration of this chapter will be the bibliographic corpus of each selected author, texts that analyze them by other authors, and in-depth interviews.

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