Deliberative Policy Analysis: Understanding Governance in the Network Society

Cambridge University Press, 15 mai 2003 - 307 pages
What kind of policy analysis is required now that governments increasingly encounter the limits of governing? Exploring the new contexts of politics and policy making, this book presents an original analysis of the relationship between state and society, and new possibilities for collective learning and conflict resolution. The key insight of the book is that democratic governance calls for a new deliberatively-oriented policy analysis. Traditionally policy analysis has been state-centered, based on the assumption that central government is self-evidently the locus of governing. Drawing on detailed empirical examples, the book examines the influence of developments such as increasing ethnic and cultural diversity, the complexity of socio-technical systems, and the impact of transnational arrangements on national policy making. This contextual approach indicates the need to rethink the relationship between social theory, policy analysis, and politics. The book is essential reading for all those involved in the study of public policy.

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Collaborative policymaking governance through dialogue
Place identity and local politics analysing initiatives in deliberative governance
A frame in the fields policymaking and the reinvention of politics
Democracy through policy discourse
Understanding policy practices action dialectic and deliberation in policy analysis
Reframing practice
Beyond empiricism policy analysis as deliberative practice
Accessing local knowledge
Theoretical strategies of poststructuralist policy analysis towards an analytics of government
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Maarten A. Hajer is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam.

Hendrik Wagenaar is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Leiden University and Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

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