Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices


By (author) Frank Fischer


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019924264X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199242641
  • Sales rank: 309,889

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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 this text, Frank Fischer brings together this new work 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.

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Author information

Frank Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

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It's a well-constructed arguement, both theoretically sophisticated and of practical relevance. Australian journal of Public Administration, September 2004

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Making Social Science Relevant: Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective ; PUBLIC POLICY AND THE DISCURSIVE CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY ; 2. Constructing Policy Theory: Ideas and Discourse ; 3. Public Policy and Discourse Construct: Multiple Realities and Interpretative Understanding ; PUBLIC POLICY AND DISCURSIVE POLITICS ; 4. Public Policy and Discursive Analysis ; 5. Policy Discourse versus Advocacy Coalitions: Interpreting Policy Change and Learning ; DISCURSIVE POLICY INQUIRY: RESTITUTING EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS ; 6. Postempiricist Foundations: Social Constructionism and Practical Discourse ; 7. Interpreting Public Policy: Analytical and Methodological Perspectives ; 8. Public Policy as Narrative: Stories, Frames, and Metanarratives ; 9. The Argumentative Turn: Policy Analysis as Discursive Practice ; DELIBERATIVE GOVERNANCE ; 10. Citizens and Experts: Democratizing Policy Deliberations ; 11. The Deliberative Policy Analyst: Theoretical Issues and Practical Challenges