LEWI Research

PUBLIC POLICY MAKING IN MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE SETTINGS WORKING GROUP  

Contemporary international relations are characterised by a proliferation of modes, levels and regimes of governance. No state exists in total isolation from these transnational and international networks. Indeed, most are deeply embedded within them. Accordingly, any assessment of public policy making within a state must take account of the broader, multi-level context in which it occurs, including direct and indirect inputs from expert bodies, intergovernmental organisations, and other state and non-state actors.

 

The aim of the LEWI working group on ‘Public policy making in multi-level governance settings’ is to provide such nuanced analyses. The working group is convened by Dr Nicole Scicluna and is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together expertise from political science, public administration and international relations, among other fields. In keeping with LEWI’s focus on East-West studies, the geographic focus of the working group is on Europe (including the European Union) and Asia. A particular thematic focus will be on public health policy making in the context of subnational, national, and international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Public health policy making in times of pandemics
  • Comparative regionalism in Europe and Asia
  • The legal foundations of multi-level governance regimes

 

 

CONVEROR

  • Dr Nicole Brooke SCICLUNA, Hong Kong Baptist University 

 

 

KEY MEMBERS

  • Professor Jean-Pierre CABESTAN, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  • Dr Kenneth CHAN Ka-lok, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  • Dr Martin CK CHUNG, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Professor Alistair COLE, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr Kevin KW IP, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  • Dr KANG Yi, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Professor Roger SCULLY, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr Jaemin SHIM, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr Krzysztof SLIWINSKI, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  • Dr Emilie TRAN, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  • Dr Samson YUEN, Hong Kong Baptist University
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