Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

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OUP Oxford, Jun 19, 2003 - Political Science - 278 pages
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In recent years a set of radical new approaches to public policy has been developing. These approaches, drawing on discursive analysis and participatory deliberative practices, have come to challenge the dominant technocratic, empiricist models in policy analysis. In his major new book Frank Fischer brings together this new work for the first time and critically examines it. In an accessible way he describes the theoretical, methodological, and political requirements and implications of the new "post-empiricist" approach to public policy. The volume includes a discussion of the social construction of policy problems, the role of interpretation and narrative analysis in policy inquiry, the dialectics of policy argumentation, and the uses of participatory policy analysis. The book will be required reading for anyone studying, researching, or formulating public policy.
 

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Contents

Making Social Science Relevant Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective
1
Constructing Policy Theory Ideas Language and Discourse
21
Public Policy as Discursive Construct Social Meaning and Multiple Realities
48
Public Policy and Discourse Analysis
73
Discourse versus Advocacy Coalitions Interpreting Policy Change and Learning
94
Postempiricist Foundations Social Constructionism and Practical Discourse
117
Interpreting Public Policy Normative Frames and Methodological Issues
139
Public Policy as Narrative Stories Frames and Metanarratives
161
Policy Analysis as Discursive Practice The Argumentative Turn
181
Citizens and Experts Democratizing Policy Deliberation
205
The Deliberative Policy Analyst Theoretical Issues and Practical Challenges
221
References
238
Index
257
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Page 3 - ... is twofold. In part it is directed toward the policy process, and in part toward the intelligence needs of policy. The first task, which is the development of a science of policy forming and execution, uses the methods of social and psychological inquiry. The second task, which is the improving of the concrete content of the information and the interpretations available to policy-makers, typically goes outside the boundaries of social science and psychology.

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Frank Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

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