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The governance of problemsPuzzling, powering and participation$
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Robert Hoppe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.001.0001

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Making policy analysis doable and reflexive

Making policy analysis doable and reflexive

(p.167) Seven Making policy analysis doable and reflexive
The governance of problems

Robert Hoppe

Policy Press

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

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