Talk examines public policy behind the BP oil spill

Could the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been prevented if a different group of people had created the oil production and environmental regulations governing the region? Were the decisions made by an elite group of policymakers in part responsible for this devastating event?

These ideas are at the heart of an upcoming talk on Thursday, July 8 by Hal Colebatch, a professor of public policy and law at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Colebatch’s talk “Participation, Professionalization and Construction of Policy Work” offers a summary of research on public policy that was presented at a recent international workshop he convened in Grenoble, Switzerland.  

The School of Public Policy & Administration, McLaughlin College and the Centre for Public Policy & Law will co-host the talk, which takes place from 12:15 to 1:30pm in the Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College.

Those interested in attending this talk should RSVP to Margo Barreto at ext. 30580.