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An Introduction

Besteman, Catherine. 2010. “In and Out of the Academy: Policy and the Case for a Strategic Anthropology.” Human Organization, 69(4): 407-417.

Shore, Cris and Susan Wright (eds.). 1997. Anthropology of Policy: Critical Perspectives on Governance and Power. London: Routledge.

Shore, Cris, Susan Wright, and David Però (eds.). 2011. Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power. Oxford: Berghahn.

Wedel, Janine R. and Gregory Feldman. 2005. “Why an Anthropology of Public Policy?” Anthropological Quarterly, 21, 1 (February): 1-2.

Wedel, Janine R., Cris Shore, Gregory Feldman, and Stacy Lathrop. 2005. “Toward an Anthropology of Public Policy." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 600 (July): 30-51.

Wedel, Janine R., Cris Shore, Gregory Feldman, and Stacy Lathrop. 2005. “Toward an Anthropology of Public Policy." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 600 (July): 30-51. Eth


Methodological Reflections

Garsten, Christina. 2010. “Ethnography at the Interface: "Corporate Social Responsibility" as an Anthropological Field of Enquiry.” In M. Melhuus, J.P. Mitchell. Ethnographic Practice in the Present: 56-68.

Marshall, Catherine. 1984. “Elites, Bureaucrats, Ostriches, and Pussycats: Managing Research in Policy Settings.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 15(3): 235-251.

Nader, Laura. “Up the Anthropologist: Perspectives from Studying Up.” In Reinventing Anthropology. Dell Hymes, ed. New York: Vintage. Pp. 284-311.

Riles, Annelise. 2001. The Network Inside Out. University of Michigan Press.

Schwegler, Tara. 2008. “Trading Up: Reflections on ‘Trading Up: Reflections on Power, Collaboration, and Ethnography in the Anthropology of Policy’.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 10-25.

Schwegler, Tara and Michael G. Powell. 2008. “Unruly Experts: Methods and Forms of Collaboration in the Anthropology of Policy.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 1-9.


Audits and Indicators

Shore, Cris, and Susan Wright. 1999. “Audit Culture and Anthropology: Neo-Liberalism in British Higher Education.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol: 7, No.4, (December): 759-63.

Strathern, Marilyn (ed.). 2000. Audit Cultures: Anthropological Studies in Accountability, Ethics and the Academy. London, Routledge. Thedvall, Renita. 2012. “Negotiating Impartial Indicators: Putting Transparency into Practice in the EU.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.), 18, 2 (June): 311-329.


Bureaucrats and Bureaucracy

Müller, B. (ed.). 2013. The Gloss of Harmony: The Politics of Policy-Making in Multilateral Organisations. London, Pluto.

Neumann, Iver B. 2012. At Home with the Diplomats: Inside a European Foreign Ministry. Ithaca, Cornell University Press.

Schia, Niels Nagelhus. 2013. “Being Part of the Parade — ‘Going Native’ in the United Nations Security Council.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 36, 1 (May): 138-156.

Thedvall, Renita. 2006. Eurocrats at Work: Negotiating Transparency in Postnational Employment Policy. Stockholm, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm.


Committees and Meetings

Bailey, Frederick George. 1965. “Decisions by Consensus in Councils and Committees: With Specific Reference to Village and Local Government in India.” In M. Banton (ed.), Political Systems and the Distribution of Power. London, Tavistock: 1-20.


Documents, Charts, Reports

Abram, Simone. 2003. “Anthropologies in Policies, Anthropologies in Places: Reflections on Fieldwork "in" Documents and Policies.” In T.H. Eriksen (ed.). Globalisation: Studies in Anthropology (pp. 138-157) . London, Pluto.

Harper, Richard H.R. 1998. Inside the IMF: An Ethnography of Documents, Technology and Organisational Action. Boston: Academic Press.

Hull, Matthew S. 2012a. “Documents and Bureaucracy.” In Annual Review of Anthropology 41(1).

Hull, Matthew S. 2012b. Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan. University of California Press.

Riles, Annelise, ed. 2006. Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Stevens, Alex. 2011. “Telling Policy Stories: An Ethnographic Study of the Use of Evidence in Policy-making in the UK.” Journal of Social Policy, 40:237-255.


Experts and Expertise

Boyer, Dominic. 2008. “Thinking through the Anthropology of Experts.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 38-46.

Haenn, Nora and David G. Cassagrande. 2007. “Citizens, Experts, and Anthropologists: Finding Paths in Environmental Policy.” Human Organization 66(2): 99-102.

Marcus, George. 2008. “Collaborative Options and Pedagogical Experiment in Anthropological Research on Experts and Policy Processes.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Vol. 15, No. 2: 47-57.

Moore, Sally F., 2001. “The International Production of Authoritative Knowledge: The Case of Drought-Stricken West Africa.” Ethnography, 2, 2 (May): 161-189.

Mosse, David. 2006. “Anti-Social Anthropology? Objectivity, Objection, and the Ethnography of Public Policy and Professional Communities.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.), 12, 4 (December): 935-956.

Riles, Annelise. 2004. “Real Time: Unwinding Technocratic and Anthropological Knowledge.” American Ethnologist 31(3): 392–405.

Strathern, Marilyn. 2005. “Robust Knowledge and Fragile Futures.” In Stephen J. Collier and Aihwa Ong (eds.). Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Oxford, Blackwell: 464-481.


The State

Coronil, Fernando. 1997. The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gupta, Akhil and James Ferguson. 1995. “Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State.” American Ethnologist, 22(2): 375-402.

Krohn-Hansen, Christian and Knut G. Nustad (eds.). 2005. State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives. London, Pluto.


Aid and Economic Policy

Elyachar, Julia. 2005. Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development, and the State in Cairo. Duke University Press.

Li, Tania Murray. 2007. The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Durham, NC, Duke University Press.

Mosse, David. 2005. Global Governance and the Ethnography of International Aid.” In The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in International Development. David Mosse and David Lewis (ed.), London, Pluto: 1-36.

Mosse, David. 2005. Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice. London, Pluto. Mosse, David and David Lewis, eds. 2005. The Aid Effect: Giving and Governing in Global Development. London/Ann Arbor: Pluto Press.

Wedel, Janine. 2001. Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe. 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Palgrave.


Education Policy

Bartlett, Lesley and Ofelia García. 2011. Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Brenneis, Don, Cris Shore, and Susan Wright. 2005. “Getting the Measure of Academia: Universities and the Politics of Accountability.” Anthropology in Action, 12 (1): 1-10.

Koyama, Jill P. 2010. Making Failure Pay: For-Profit Tutoring, High-Stakes Testing, and Public Schools. The University of Chicago Press.


Environmental Policy

Barnes, Jessica and Michael R. Dove (eds). 2015. Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change, edited by Jessica Barnes and Michael R. Dove, 107–26. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press.

Carrier, James G., and Paige West, eds. 2009. Virtualism, Governance and Practice: Vision and Execution in Environmental Conservation. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Cassady J. 2010. “State calculation of cultural survival in environmental risk assessment: Consequences for Alaska natives.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24(4): 451-471. 

Checker, Melissa. 2007. “But I Know It’s True”: Environmental Risk Assessment, Justice, and Anthropology.” Human Organization, 66(2):112-124.

Cirone P. 2005. “The integration of tribal traditional lifeways into EPA’s decision making.” Practicing Anthropology. 27(1):20-24.

Comito, Jacqueline, Jon Wolseth, and Lois Wright Morton. 2013. “The State’s Role in Water Quality: Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners and the Agricultural Status Quo.” Human Organization 72(1): 44-54.

Shoreman, Eleanor E., and Nora Haenn. 2009. “Regulation, Conservation, and Collaboration: Ecological Anthropology in the Mississippi Delta.” Human Ecology. 37:95-107.

Shoreman, Eleanor-Ouimet. 2010. “Concessions and Conservation: A Study of Environmentalism and Anti-Environmentalism among Commodity Farmers.” Environmental Anthropology, 14(1): 52-66.

Townsend PK. 2009. Environmental anthropology: From pigs to policies. 2nd ed. Long Grove (IL):Waveland Press, Inc.

Treitler, Inga and Douglas Midgett. 2007. “It’s about Water: Anthropological Perspectives on Water and Policy.” Human Organization, 66(2): 140-149.

West, Paige. 2006. Conservation is our government now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea. Duke University Press.

Whiteford, Linda. 2005. “Casualties in the Globalization of Water: A Moral Economy of Health Perspective.” In Globalization, Water, & Health: Resource Management in Time of Scarcity, eds. Linda Whiteford and Scott Whiteford, 25-44. SAR Press.


Health Policy

Kaufman, Sharon. 2015. Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line. Duke University Press.

Kowal, Emma. 2010. “Is Culture the Problem or the Solution?: Outstation Health and the Politics of Remoteness” in J. Altman et M. Hinkson (eds.). Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia. Sydney, University of New South Wales Press: 179-194.

Lea, Tess. 2008. Bureaucrats and Bleeding Hearts: Indigenous Health in Northern Australia. Sydney, University of New South Wales Press.

Lock, Margaret. 2001. Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death. University of California Press.

Lock, Margaret. 2014. The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging. Princeton University Press.

Minkler, M., & Wallerstein, N. (2008). Community-based participatory research for health: from process to outcomes (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Mishtal, Joanna. 2015. The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland. Ohio University Press.

Rivkin-Fish, M. 2005. Women's Health in Post-Soviet Russia: The Politics of Intervention. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Public & Social Policy

Bellier, Irène. 1997. “The Commission as an Actor: An Anthropologist's View.” In H. Wallace and A.R. Young (dir.), Participation and Policy-Making in the European Union. Oxford, Clarendon: 91-115.

Bellier, Irène. 2000. “The European Union, Identity Politics and the Logic of Interests' Representation.” In I. Bellier and T.M. Wilson (ed.), An Anthropology of the European Union: Building, Imagining and Experiencing the New Europe. Oxford, Berg: 53-73.

Dewey, Susan, and Patty Kelly, eds. 2011. Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy, and the State in Global Perspective. New York: New York University Press.

Feldman, Gregory. 2011. The Migration Apparatus: Security, Labor and Policymaking in the European Union. Stanford, Stanford University Press.

Ferguson, James. 2015. Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Greenhalgh, Susan. 2008. Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China. Berkeley, University of California Press.

Greenhalgh, Susan and Edwin A. Winckler. 2005. Governing China’s Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Gupta, Akhil. 2012. Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

High, Holly. 2014. Fields of Desire: Poverty and Policy in Laos. Singapore, National University of Singapore Press.

Mackey, E. 2002. The House of Difference: Cultural Politics and National Identity in Canada. Toronto, University of Toronto Press.

McDonald, Maryon. 2005. “EU Policy and Destiny: A Challenge for Anthropology.” Anthropology Today, 21, 1 (February): 3-4.

Michaud, Jean. 2009. “Handling Mountain Minorities in China, Vietnam and Laos: From History to Current Concerns.” Asian Ethnicity, 10, 1 (February): 25-49.

Shore, Cris. 2000. Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration. London, Routledge.

Weitzer, Ronald. 2010. “Sex Work: Paradigms and Policies.” In Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry. 2nd ed. Ronald John Weitzer, ed. Pp. 1–54. New York: Routledge.


Beyond the Academy

Peters, Rebecca Warne. 2015. “Anthropology's Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP).” Roundtable, Chicago, November 2013. Contributions by Keith Brown, Maia Green, Susan Hyatt, Robert Rubinstein, and Ronald Stade. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38(2):356-364.