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Making interpretive policy analysis critical and societally relevant

Author(s)
Anna Durnova
Abstract

This article summarises the main achievements of interpretive approaches to policy analysis and signposts ways to develop them to strengthen inclusivity and diversity. By visualising tangible strategies used in the approach, it demonstrates how we can better understand how policies are made and understood. At the same time, the article places a strong focus on emotions and ethnography as a way to strengthen the societal relevance of the approach. Focusing on emotions in policy research goes beyond a simple interest in emotions, using them as a specific critical lens to view the researched phenomenon while considering how policy ideas are framed as relevant or irrelevant through expressive language. Analogously, the article describes ethnography as an epistemological lens for analysing policy wherein researchers embrace human bias and the normativity of their research. To illustrate how these two lenses work in practice, the article concludes by discussing the research design of an analysis of the role of fathers in the policy debate around birth care in Czechia.

Organisation(s)
Department of Sociology
External organisation(s)
Charles University Prague
Journal
Policy & Politics
Volume
50
Pages
43-58
No. of pages
16
ISSN
0305-5736
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1332/030557321X16129850569011
Publication date
01-2022
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
504023 Political sociology
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Sociology and Political Science, Public Administration
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/making-interpretive-policy-analysis-critical-and-societally-relevant(fd245e3c-0a08-41de-92ef-1d8ae63277f0).html