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Reframing Public PolicyDiscursive Politics and Deliberative Practices$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924264X.001.0001

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Making Social Science Relevant: Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective

Making Social Science Relevant: Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective

(p.1) 1 Making Social Science Relevant: Policy Inquiry in Critical Perspective
Reframing Public Policy

Frank Fischer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter makes the point that public policy studies has been one of the fastest growing specializations in the social sciences, and has largely been an American phenomenon. It looks at what the field includes, and at the previously dominant practice of technocratic policy analysis. The problems that have emerged with the technocratic practice of policy-analytic research are then examined by looking at the policy orientation in its broader political context. The emphasis here is on the American story, which best illustrates the limitations of the practice as it has emerged. The last section of the chapter looks at the postempiricist alternative. Policy argumentation and discourse (participatory policy analysis).

Keywords:   discourse, participatory policy analysis, policy argumentation, policy inquiry, postempiricist approaches, public policy studies, public policy, social sciences, technocratic policy analysis, USA

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