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Reimagining Public Policy in Nepal: Practice, Process and Management
Public policy issues gained considerable momentum globally and are mainly seen as products of political and bureaucratic interaction. But, policy is also based on social discourse, public contestation, political negotiation and certain use of evidence. There are critical issues in the political representation of public issue and its subsequent translation into policy document in Nepal, and its subsequent implementation.
Nepal has seen some remarkable changes in in recent years, and it will have significant bearing on the policy process and practice. The recent political changes, including the adoption of new constitution, is likely to transform social values and norms, and the rules of game in governance, while at the same time facing the issues of increasingly globalized economic and political environment. The greater access to data, information and claims have given greater opportunities for evidence-based policy process. On the other hand, growing demand for government accountability make new demands on government decisions. These lead us to the realization of viewing in new light the processes of policy making through more informed deliberation amongst major stakeholders.
In this context, Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC), Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) and Kathmandu University- School of Management (KUSOM) have joined hands to host a seminar on ‘Reimagining Public Policy in Nepal’ in order to create an opportunity for stakeholders deliberate on how the government would go about in handling policy making and implementation in the country.