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Handbook of Critical Policy Studies


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Contents: 1. Introduction to Critical Policy Studies Frank Fischer, Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnova 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 Loevbrand 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 Mendonca and Selen A. Ercan 12. Lost in Translation: Expressing Emotion in Policy Deliberation Anna Durnova PART IV. POLICY PROCESSES: PROBLEM DEFINITIONS, EVIDENCE AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION 13. Problem Definition and Agenda-Setting in Critical Perspective Marlon Barbehoen, Sybille Munch 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 Am 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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Edited by Frank Fischer, Humboldt University, Germany and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, US, Douglas Torgerson, Trent University, Canada, Anna Durnova, Anna Durnova, 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


`This work offers a useful resource for graduate students and scholars striving to enhance their grasp of what policy analysts are doing. Summing Up: Recommended.' -- R. Heineman, Choice
`This uniquely focused Handbook teems with deeply insightful reflections about knowledge and politics in public policy studies. Using cultural, historical, poststructural, constructionist and interpretive approaches to public policy inquiry, the chapters' engaging authors are unfailingly attentive to both old presuppositions and new conceptualizations. Reading this collection brings to awareness the urgency of more democracy and more practicality in the generation of policy knowledge. Neutral expertise, objective research, the supposed fact-value dichotomy and unexamined power arrangements earn critical attention in several chapters. Context, narrative, emotion, and communication also appear as occasional themes in these 25 well-written and highly intelligent essays.' -- Hugh T. Miller, Florida Atlantic University, US and author of Governing Narratives: Symbolic Politics and Policy Change
`The Handbook of Critical Policy Studies is a significant work that pulls together state-of-the-art research and thinking about policymaking as it happens in the real world. It provides easy-to-read summaries of the theories underpinning the field, and illustrates these debates in relation to important and topical policy concerns from around the world. The book will be an invaluable help to students from disciplines such as politics, sociology, anthropology and geography who wish to undertake policy-relevant research and learning.' -- Tom Forsyth, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
`The editors and the contributors have produced what can only be described as the definitive guide to the growing field of critical policy studies. It is comprehensive and well written and will be welcomed by all students and practitioners of public policy and policy analysis. No personal or institutional library would be complete without it!' -- Wayne Parsons, Cardiff University, UK
`This comprehensive Handbook, with contributions from leading figures in the field, is a valuable source of information on practical and theoretical aspects of critical policy studies, its argumentative and deliberative turn and its methods of analysis which is likely to stimulate further debate on the big issues in the study and analysis of policy.' -- Norman Fairclough, Lancaster University, UK
`The field of critical policy studies goes from strength to strength, and this Handbook provides a much-needed review that will be essential reading for scholars, students and practitioners. It is at the same time a critical introduction for those new to the field (including those coming from more conventional approaches to public policy), a comprehensive reference book for people in the field and a guide to emerging issues and challenges in the study of the communicative practice of public policy.' -- John Dryzek, University of Canberra, Australia

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