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Ethics and Public Policy (EPP)

Ethics and Public Policy




  • Promote research on the ethical dimensions of public policy.
  • Improve ethics education for Public Policy/Public Affairs/Public Administration students.
  • Build a community of teachers and researchers.


  • Scholars teaching and conducting research on the normative dimension of public policy.

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Upcoming Workshops (Zoom)

December 1, 2023 10:00am ET Anna Alexandrova, Professor in Philosophy of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Title: “Value of Measurement and Measurement of Value”


Abstract: Suppose researchers study phenomena whose definition requires a value judgment about what is good, just, or healthy. How should they justify their decision to measure this phenomenon and the specific measures they adopt? No scientific expertise on its own supplies such a justification. A democratic approach would call for involvement of stakeholders with relevant expertise. I report on joint work with Mark Fabian and a UK anti-poverty charity Turn2us to implement inclusive practices for measurement of thriving. However, there are projects where such a participatory approach would not work and we thus need a broader set of principles.

January 26, 2024 10:00am ET Matthew Adler, Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy, Duke University

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Upcoming Events

To be announced!