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The Politics of Scale in PolicyScalecraft and Education Governance$
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Natalie Papanastasiou

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447343851

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447343851.001.0001

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Problematising scale in the study of policy

Problematising scale in the study of policy

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The Politics of Scale in Policy

Natalie Papanastasiou

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how scale is fundamental to interpreting and defining social life, and explores the implications of this for the study of policy in order to present a clear case for exploring the politics of scale in policy. Working at the crossroads of policy studies and political geography, the chapter sets out the book’s chosen conceptual approach which innovatively integrates critical policy studies with poststructuralist political geography. Specifically, the discussion critically analyses what assumptions about scale are reflected in the field of policy studies, reviews the political geography debates on scale, and outlines the book’s use of political discourse theory and the ‘critical logics of explanation’ approach (Glynos & Howarth 2007). The chapter concludes by introducing the concept of ‘scalecraft’ as a hegemonic practice of policymaking which captures how meanings of policy are co-constituted by ordering political space according to concepts of scale.

Keywords:   critical policy studies, political geography, scale; practice, political discourse theory, critical logics approach, scalecraft, hegemony

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