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The Argumentative Turn Revisited


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Introduction: The Argumentative Turn Revisited / Frank Fischer and Herbert Gottweis 1
Part I. Deliberative Policy Argumentation and Public Participation
1. Fostering Deliberation in the Forum and Beyond / John S. Dryzek and Carolyn M. Hendriks 31
2. Performing Place Governance Collaboratively: Planning as a Communicative Process / Patsy Healey 58
Part II. Discursive Politics and Argumentative Practices: Institutions and Frames
3. Discursive Institutionalism: Scope, Dynamics, and Philosophical Underpinnings / Vivien A. Schmidt 85
4. From Policy Frames to Discursive Politics: Feminist Approaches to Development Policy and Planning in an Era of Globalization / Mary Hawkesworth 114
Part III. Policy Argumentation on the Internet and in Film
5. The Internet as a Space for Policy Deliberation / Stephen Coleman 149
6. Multimedia and Urban Narratives in the Planning Process: Film as Social Inquiry and Dialogue Catalyst / Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili 180
Part IV. Policy Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Semiotics
7. Political Rhetoric and Stem Cell Policy in the United States: Embodiments, Scenographics, and Emotions / Herbert Gottweis 211
8. The Deep Semiotic Structure of Deservingness: Discourse and Identity in Welfare Policy / Sanford F. Schram 236
Part V. Policy Argumentation in Critical Theory and Practice: Communicative Logics and Policy Learning
9. The Argumentative Turn toward Deliberative Democracy: Habermas's Contribution and the Foucauldian Critique / Hubertus Buchstein and Dirk Joerke 271
10. Poststructuralist Policy Analysis: Discourse, Hegemony, and Critical Explanation / David Howarth and Steven Griggs 305
11. Transformative Learning in Planning and Policy Deliberation: Probing Social Meaning and Tacit Assumptions / Frank Fischer and Alan Mandell 343
Contributors 371
Index 375

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Sheds new light on the ways that policy is communicatively created, conveyed, understood, and implemented

About the Author

Frank Fischer is Professor of Politics and Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He also teaches at the university's E. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany. His books include Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry and The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning (coedited with John Forester), which is also published by Duke University Press.Herbert Gottweis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna and Visiting Professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo and in the Sociology Department at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. Among his books is Governing Molecules: The Discursive Politics of Genetic Engineering in Europe and the United States.


"The Argumentative Turn Revisited is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and improving democracy in policy and planning. Through theoretical refinement and new empirical examples, the contributors do an excellent job of further developing an already-strong approach to policy analysis and planning research." Bent Flyvbjerg, author of Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How It Can Succeed Again "Given the strength of the argumentative turn in scholarly circles and its still-growing promise in policy studies, these essays by important figures in argumentative analysis will be welcomed by policy scholars and practitioners alike. Many rank-and-file social scientists still associate this school of thought with Habermasian communicative action/deliberative action frameworks. This collection recalls those origins even as it shows how far the argumentative turn has progressed beyond them. It should be used far and wide." Timothy Luke, Director, Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, Virginia Tech "The argumentative turn in policy analysis has taken another major turn for the better. Whether one accepts the arguments presented here or not, they cannot be ignored and this book contains an impressive collection of essays advancing this approach to policy." B. Guy Peters, co-author of Interactive Governance: Advancing the Paradigm

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