Ordering through Discourse

Maarten Hajer and David Laws

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Ordering through Discourse

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This article discusses ordering through discourse, beginning with two sections on how to deal and understand ambivalence. The influence of different interpretative schemata in a crisis is highlighted in another section. The article briefly discusses three conceptual approaches to ordering. Beliefs, frames, and narrative and discourse are subsequently discussed. The final section of the article attempts to answer the question: how do policy makers know what to do?

Keywords: ordering; discourse; ambivalence; interpretative schemata; conceptual approaches to ordering; beliefs; frames; narrative and discourse; policy makers

Article.  8179 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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