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Stakeholder influence on policy processes

Special issue call for papers from Drugs and Alcohol Today

To publish in 2015

Guest editors

Vibeke A Frank and Bagga Bjerge

Aarhus University, Denmark

About the special issue

Background: The addictions field is populated by a wide range of stakeholder groups drawn from the public and private spheres and crossing disciplinary and occupational boundaries. Stakeholders have a key role in the formulation and delivery of policy and also in the production and dissemination of ‘evidence’ that is used to inform policy and practice.

Increasingly, stakeholders and stakeholder networks have emerged and developed beyond national boundaries.They now play an important part in knowledge and policy transfer. Understanding the dynamics of stakeholder involvement in the policy process, and its role in relation to evidence-based policy, is important in examining policy responses to substance use and addiction.

The purpose of this special issue it to critically examine as well as research local, national and/or international stakeholders’ influence on policy processes. We encourage submissions that address the following topics, though we welcome submissions on other topics related to the themes:

Analysis of stakeholder groups and alliances in relation to alcohol and/or drug policy
Development of new stakeholder groups
Change in stakeholder groups and alliances
Stakeholder influence on new policy initiatives
Relation between local, national and international stakeholder groups
Theoretical discussions of the use of the concept of stakeholding in the addictions fields
Analytical reflections on the concept of stakeholders

Submission criteria and contacts

Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and historical research are welcome. We encourage papers to discuss the implications of their findings for the development of policy and practice.

Abstracts should be emailed to the guest editors Vibeke A Frank ([email protected]) and to Bagga Bjerge ([email protected]) by 1 December 2014.

The editors will inform authors by 6 January 2015 whether to proceed to full submission.

If selected, complete manuscripts will be due on 2 April 2015.

All manuscripts are subject to the normal DAT peer review process.

Author should consult the journal's guidelines for authors before submitting: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=dat

Further information about the journal Drugs and Alcohol Today can be found here: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/dat.htm