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Democracy and ExpertiseReorienting Policy Inquiry$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282838.001.0001

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Policy Advice as Storyline: Narrative Knowledge and Expert Practices

Policy Advice as Storyline: Narrative Knowledge and Expert Practices

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(p.191) 7 Policy Advice as Storyline: Narrative Knowledge and Expert Practices
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Democracy and Expertise
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Frank Fischer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282838.003.0008

This chapter emphasizes the relation of narration to practical reason and the giving of good reasons. Not only does the explication demonstrate how policy narratives relate to factual information, but also to group identities and collective action. Offering an example of the use of narrative story-lines in climate change policy research, the chapter closes with a discussion of the concept of validity as understood in narrative analysis.

Keywords:   storylines, narrative understanding, policy narratives, social meaning, qualitative methods, validity, climate change research

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