Making policy analysis doable and reflexive

Robert Hoppe

in The governance of problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303848 | DOI:
Making policy analysis doable and reflexive

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Narrowing the perspective to the puzzle aspect of problem framing and structuring, this chapter addresses the historical development of policy analysis. It shows how policy analysis had to radically revise its epistemological and methodological assumptions. From decision support to leaders and their top-level staff or ‘speaking truth to power’, policy analysis had to revamp itself as ‘making sense together’. Meanwhile, leaving epistemological differences aside, in practice several doable styles of policy analysis have developed. The chapter ends with an overview of doable styles in policy analysis as instruments for reflexive practitioners.

Keywords: policy analysis; problem framing; problem structuring; reflexive practitioners; reflexive policy analysis

Chapter.  11590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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