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Narrative policy analysis: Cases in decentred policy

Narrative policy analysis: Cases in decentred policy
Narrative policy analysis: Cases in decentred policy
Narratives or storytelling are a feature of the everyday life of all who work in government. They tell each other stories about the origins, aims and effects of policies to make sense of their world. These stories form the collective memory of a government department; a retelling of yesterday to make sense of today. This book examine polices through the eyes of the practitioners, both top-down and bottom-up; it decentres policies and policymaking. To decentre is to unpack practices as the contingent beliefs and actions of individuals. Decentred analysis produces detailed studies of people’s beliefs and practices. It challenges the idea that inexorable or impersonal forces drive politics, focusing instead on the relevant meanings, the beliefs and preferences of the people involved.

This book presents ten case studies, covering penal policy, zero-carbon homes, parliamentary scrutiny, children’s rights, obesity, pension reform, public service reform, evidence-based policing, and local economic knowledge. It introduces a different angle of vision on the policy process; it looks at it through the eyes of individual actors, not institutions. In other words, it looks at policies from the other end of the telescope. It concludes there is much to learn from a decentred approach. It delivers edification because it offers a novel alliance of interpretive theory with an ethnographic toolkit to explore policy and policymaking from the bottom-up.
interpretive political science, policy analysis, public administration, ethnographic method
Palgrave Macmillan
Rhodes, R.A.W.
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Rhodes, R.A.W.
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Rhodes, R.A.W. (2018) Narrative policy analysis: Cases in decentred policy (Understanding Governance), 1st ed. London. Palgrave Macmillan, 273pp.

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Narratives or storytelling are a feature of the everyday life of all who work in government. They tell each other stories about the origins, aims and effects of policies to make sense of their world. These stories form the collective memory of a government department; a retelling of yesterday to make sense of today. This book examine polices through the eyes of the practitioners, both top-down and bottom-up; it decentres policies and policymaking. To decentre is to unpack practices as the contingent beliefs and actions of individuals. Decentred analysis produces detailed studies of people’s beliefs and practices. It challenges the idea that inexorable or impersonal forces drive politics, focusing instead on the relevant meanings, the beliefs and preferences of the people involved.

This book presents ten case studies, covering penal policy, zero-carbon homes, parliamentary scrutiny, children’s rights, obesity, pension reform, public service reform, evidence-based policing, and local economic knowledge. It introduces a different angle of vision on the policy process; it looks at it through the eyes of individual actors, not institutions. In other words, it looks at policies from the other end of the telescope. It concludes there is much to learn from a decentred approach. It delivers edification because it offers a novel alliance of interpretive theory with an ethnographic toolkit to explore policy and policymaking from the bottom-up.

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Published date: June 2018
Keywords: interpretive political science, policy analysis, public administration, ethnographic method

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Local EPrints ID: 422834
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422834
PURE UUID: a7366eb7-dbe1-4712-991d-2c73ec8332d0
ORCID for R.A.W. Rhodes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1886-2392

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Date deposited: 06 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 06 Aug 2022 01:44

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