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Overview

Critical policy studies, as this volume illustrates, challenges conventional approaches to public policy inquiry with its focus on discursive politics, policy argumentation and deliberation, and interpretive modes of analysis. Assembling the voices of established and emerging scholars, the Handbook of Critical Policy Studies fills a major gap in the policy literature.


Moving beyond the false neutrality of empiricism and positivism, this Handbook highlights the responsibility of inquirers to take account of social and political context – including present conditions, past trends and prevailing power relationships – to advance inquiry that relies not only on experts but also on citizens in a manner supporting and encouraging democracy. Not only does this call for a reconsideration of the interplay of qualitative and quantitative methods but also for robust attention to the role of values.


Accessible to scholars, practitioners and students alike, the book offers a compilation of new critical work that both assesses past developments and appraises emerging issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788112109
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Series: Handbooks of Research on Public Policy series
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Frank Fischer, Humboldt University, Germany and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, US, Douglas Torgerson, Trent University, Canada, Anna Durnová, Anna Durnová, Department of Public and Social Policy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Institute for Advanced Studies,Vienna, Austria and Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa, Canada

Table of Contents

Contents:


1. Introduction to Critical Policy Studies

Frank Fischer, Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnovà and Michael Orsini


PART I ORIGINS AND THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT: FROM LASSWELL TO HABERMAS AND FOUCAULT

2. Harold D. Lasswell and Critical Policy Studies: The Threats and Temptations of Power

Douglas Torgerson


3. In Pursuit of Usable Knowledge: Critical Policy Analysis and the Argumentative Turn

Frank Fischer


4. Habermas, Critical Theory and Public Policy

Thomas Saretzki


5. Foucault and Critical Policy Studies

Eva Lövbrand and Johannes Stripple


PART II THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES: CRITICAL REFLEXIVITY, HEGEMONY AND POWER

6. Poststructuralist Discourse Theory and Critical Policy Studies: Interests, Identities and Policy Change

David Howarth and Steven Griggs


7. Cultural Political Economy and Critical Policy Studies: Developing a Critique of Domination

Ngai-Ling Sum and Bob Jessop


8. The Interpretation of Power

Timothy W. Luke


PART III DISCURSIVE POLITICS: DELIBERATION, JUSTICE, PROTEST AND EMOTION

9. Discursive Institutionalism: Understanding Policy in Context

Vivien A. Schmidt


10. Social Justice and Urban Policy Deliberation: Balancing the Discourses of Democracy, Diversity and Equity

Susan S. Fainstein


11. Deliberation and Protest: Revealing the Deliberative Potential of Protest Movements in Turkey and Brazil

Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça and Selen A. Ercan


12. Lost in Translation: Expressing Emotion in Policy Deliberation

Anna Durnová


PART IV. POLICY PROCESSES: PROBLEM DEFINITIONS, EVIDENCE AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION

13. Problem Definition and Agenda-Setting in Critical Perspective

Marlon Barbehön, Sybille Münch and Wolfram Lamping


14. Making Distinctions: The Social Construction of Target Populations

Helen Ingram and Ann L. Schneider


15. The Autopoietic Text

Raul P. Lejano and Sung Jin Park


16. Co-Production and Public Policy: Evidence, Uncertainty and Socio-materiality

Heidrun Åm


PART V. THE POLITICS OF POLICY EXPERTISE: KNOWLEDGE, THINK TANKS, AND ACTION RESEARCH

17. Politics and Policy Expertise: Towards a Political Epistemology

Holger Strassheim


18. Global Governance and Sustainability Indicators: The Politics of Expert Knowledge

Laureen Elgert


19. The Politics of Policy Think Tanks: Organizing Expertise, Legitimacy, and Counter-Expertise in Policy Networks

Dieter Plehwe


20. Critical Action Research and Social Movements: Revitalizing Participation and Deliberation for Democratic Empowerment

Hemant R. Ojha, Mani R. Banjade and Krishna K. Shrestha


PART VI. METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES: INTERPRETATION, FRAMING, AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS

21. Making Sense of Policy Practices: Interpretation and Meaning

Dvora Yanow


22. Transforming Perspectives: The Critical Functions of Interpretive Policy Analysis

Hendrik Wagenaar


23. Between Representation and Narration: Analyzing Policy Frames

Kathrin Braun


24. Critical Policy Ethnography

Vincent Dubois


25. Making Gender Visible: Feminist Perspectives Through the Case of Anti-Smoking Policy

Stephanie Paterson and Francesca Scala


Index


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