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1. Stocchetti, Marikki. "Towards a More Coherent EU External Action for Global Governance? C omparing Conceptualizations of Policy Coherence between the EU Development and Trade Policies Before and After the Lisbon Treaty" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BISA-ISA JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "DIVERSITY IN THE DISCIPLINE: TENSION OR OPPORTUNITY IN RESPONDING TO GLOBAL", Old Town district of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland UK, Jun 20, 2012 <Not Available>. 2018-10-15 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript

2006 - American Sociological Association Pages: 16 pages || Words: 2967 words || 
2. Hedeen, Timothy. and Coy, Patrick. "Core Constructs and Coherence? Whither Peace and Conflict Studies in the US and Canada?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 11, 2006 Online <PDF>. 2018-10-15 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The field of peace and conflict studies is still coalescing, despite the fact that the first undergraduate degree program in the United States was established in 1948. Almost sixty years later, the field still goes by so many names that core identity issues have not been resolved. The names of degree programs reveal various foci: peace studies; justice studies; conflict studies; conflict analysis; conflict resolution; conflict management; conflict transformation; and dispute resolution. This paper recounts the history of the fieldÂ’s development, and then charts and analyzes the curricular content of undergraduate degree programs in the United States and Canada. This is accomplished through analysis of the curricular requirements for those degree programs, as well as through comparative analysis of the syllabi for the required courses in those programs. This data allows us to identify whether and if core constructs have been established in this emerging discipline, and the degree of coherence that may be present in the field.

2006 - International Communication Association Pages: 24 pages || Words: 4961 words || 
3. Kagawa, Naomi. and Koerner, Ascan. "Empathic Accuracy and Topic Coherence in Family Communication: Investigating the Effects of ChildrenÂ’s Gender on Family Conversations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Dresden International Congress Centre, Dresden, Germany, Jun 16, 2006 Online <PDF>. 2018-10-15 <>
Publication Type: Extended Abstract
Abstract: A study investigated the correlations of empathic accuracy and topic coherence in the conversations of 50 family triads (2 parents and 1 adolescent child). Results showed that, as predicted wives and daughters had greater empathic accuracy than fathers and sons, respectively. Contrary to predictions, however, empathic accuracy and topic coherence were negatively correlated. In addition, results showed interesting gender effects for both individuals as well as for family systems, which showed different patterns of associations between empathic accuracy and coherence for families with sons compared to families with daughters. Most notable among these differences was a tendency for children to adapt their behavior in regard to their own empathic accuracy and topic coherence to be similar to that of their same sex parent, but not to that of their opposite gender parent. Implications of these findings for our understanding of empathic accuracy, topic coherence, and gender on individuals and family systems are discussed.

2005 - International Studies Association Words: 107 words || 
4. "International Regimes and Norway's Environmental Policy: Crossfire and Coherence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 05, 2005 <Not Available>. 2018-10-15 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The conventional approach to studying regime effectiveness is portrayed as a process of engaging countries in the regime's objectives - be these the protection of the ozone layer or sustainable management of biodiversity. This paper also deals with effectiveness, but the point of departure is the opposite of above: it starts out from one state, Norway, and examines goals pursued by this state in its participation in various international regimes. Thus, the perspective appplied in this paper is how one state engages many international regimes in order to pursue national goals within various issue areas: ozone depletion, climate change, whaling, biodiversity, air pollution and marine pollution.

2004 - The Midwest Political Science Association Words: 352 words || 
5. Gerber, Elisabeth. and Phillips, Justin. "The Coherence of Local Land Use Policy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 15, 2004 <Not Available>. 2018-10-15 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This research considers the
effect of political institutions on policy coherence. Specifically, we
look at the adoption of an increasingly popular type of land use policy
– urban growth boundaries (UGBs). A growth boundary is a politically
determined “line” that is drawn around an urbanized area outside of
which new development is severely restricted or prohibited. These
policies are generally implemented as a means of managing and planning
for future residential and commercial development. Many planners as
well as scholars of urban policy argue that the effectiveness of growth
management via urban growth boundaries is dependent upon the extent to
which boundaries coincide with an array of complementary policies such
as provisions for affordable housing, incentives for infill and
re-development, mechanisms for periodic review and possible expansion
of the boundary, etc. We test whether cities that adopt urban growth
boundaries through the initiative process (about 1/3 of our sample) are
more or less likely to have in place these additional policies (i.e.,
are more likely to be part of a coherent package of growth management
policies. One common criticism of the use of direct democracy
institutions is that regular citizens do not and cannot comprehend the
complexities of public policy. They allegedly pass laws that are overly
reactive to immediate circumstances, and fail to take account of the
likely interactions between their initiatives and the set of policies
already in place. These critics predict that states and localities that
legislate via direct democracy will produce a set of fragmented
outcomes that lack coherence. By contrast, they argue that
representative institutions can better design public policies that mesh
with and build upon existing laws. We test this prediction by analyzing
land use policies in California municipalities. In doing so we use an
original data set gathered through an extensive survey of local
planning officials. This test involves a multi-equation model in which
we first estimate when a city will (and will not) adopt a growth
boundary. Then, conditional upon adopting a UGB, we estimate the
probability that a community will adopt certain other policies. We also
analyze the degree of restrictiveness of the urban growth boundary as a
function of mode of adoption. This allows us to address (in part) the
extent to which growth policies enacted via direct democracy
institutions are more reactive than those adopted through
representative institutions.

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