Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

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OUP Oxford, 2003 M06 20 - 278 pages
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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Making Social Science Relevant Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective
Constructing Policy Theory Ideas Language and Discourse
Public Policy as Discursive Construct Social Meaning and Multiple Realities
Public Policy and Discourse Analysis
Discourse versus Advocacy Coalitions Interpreting Policy Change and Learning
Postempiricist Foundations Social Constructionism and Practical Discourse
Interpreting Public Policy Normative Frames and Methodological Issues
Public Policy as Narrative Stories Frames and Metanarratives
Policy Analysis as Discursive Practice The Argumentative Turn
Citizens and Experts Democratizing Policy Deliberation
The Deliberative Policy Analyst Theoretical Issues and Practical Challenges

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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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