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Deliberative Policy Analysis: Understanding Governance in by Maarten A. Hajer, Hendrik Wagenaar

By Maarten A. Hajer, Hendrik Wagenaar

Large-scale social and political alterations have revolutionized policy-making. regularly, coverage research has been state-centered, in keeping with the idea that valuable executive is self-evidently the locus of presidency. even if, policy-making is frequently conducted this present day in loosely equipped networks of public gurus, citizen institutions and personal businesses. The members to this e-book argue that democratic governance now demands a brand new deliberatively-oriented coverage research. they supply examples from worldwide to illustrate how this could paintings in perform.

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The third section, ‘Foundations of deliberative policy analysis’, contains three papers addressing the philosophical assumptions and professional implications of a post-empiricist, deliberative policy analysis. Their common theme is that one cannot understand the practical failings of traditional policy professionalism, nor formulate a viable alternative, without a firm grasp of the philosophical underpinnings of both approaches. Fischer’s contribution is a case in point. He begins his chapter with the familiar observation that traditional policy science has failed to live up to its ambition: to contribute to an understanding, let alone amelioration, of the kind of wicked problems that confront modern society.

Yanow draws out what an interpretative approach implies for the role of the analyst. She demonstrates that interpretative analysis is just as systematic and methodical as traditional methods (‘interpretative is not impressionistic’, as she formulates it), and discusses at length the various methods that are available to the interpretative analyst. Gottweis explores the reflexive implications of post-empiricist policy analysis. Instead of assuming governability and policymaking, the complex appreciations and political judgments that constitute it must itself be posed as a problem.

The way they test the relevance and validity of their knowledge in particular situations is through public discourse. The concept of practice thus stresses communication and other-directedness. And, finally, the practice concept stresses value. Actors, in interpretively moving about in their environment, articulate value in appreciating the possibilities and limitations of the situation at hand. Values tell them what is worth paying attention to and serve as compelling reasons for what to do in concrete situations.

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