Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices

Paperback | July 10, 2003

byFrank Fischer

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In recent years a set of radical new approaches to public policy, 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 these various new approaches for the first time and critically examines them. The book will be required reading for anyone studying, researching, or formulating public policy.

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In recent years a set of radical new approaches to public policy, 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 these various new approaches for the first time and critic...

Frank Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.61 inPublished:July 10, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019924264X

ISBN - 13:9780199242641

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Making Social Science Relevant: Policy Inquiry in Critical PerspectivePublic Policy and the Discursive Construction of Reality2. Constructing Policy Theory: Ideas and Discourse3. Public Policy and Discourse Construct: Multiple Realities and Interpretative UnderstandingPublic Policy and Discursive Politics4. Public Policy and Discursive Analysis5. Policy Discourse versus Advocacy Coalitions: Interpreting Policy Change and LearningDiscursive Policy Inquiry: Restituting Empirical Analysis6. Postempiricist Foundations: Social Constructionism and Practical Discourse7. Interpreting Public Policy: Analytical and Methodological Perspectives8. Public Policy as Narrative: Stories, Frames, and Metanarratives9. The Argumentative Turn: Policy Analysis as Discursive PracticeDeliberative Governance10. Citizens and Experts: Democratizing Policy Deliberations11. The Deliberative Policy Analyst: Theoretical Issues and Practical Challenges

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"This book is an excellent presentation and defense of the constructivist perspective on policy analysis, and makes a strong, positive case for the utility of postempiricist reasoning for understanding policy choices... an excellent, well-argues presentation. if a reader wants to understand the discursive perspective on policy, this volume would be a very appropriate place to begin."-- Political Science Quarterly