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By Maarten A. Hajer, Hendrik Wagenaar

Large-scale social and political alterations have revolutionized policy-making. frequently, coverage research has been state-centered, in response to the idea that primary govt is self-evidently the locus of presidency. even though, policy-making is frequently conducted at the present time in loosely prepared networks of public gurus, citizen institutions and personal companies. The individuals to this publication argue that democratic governance now demands a brand new deliberatively-oriented coverage research. they supply examples from around the globe to illustrate how this might paintings in perform.

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B o o h e r water and dozens of competing stakeholder groups, has been at work since 1995 to resolve issues over the management of California’s limited and irregular water supply. These agencies had conflicting mandates, as some regulated water quality and others parcelled out water to different constituencies. As a result they had often been at odds and seldom cooperated. By 2000 CALFED participants reached agreement on two statewide bond issues amounting to nearly $3 billion for new water-related infrastructure and environmental restoration.

Moreover, as Fischer also points out in his contribution to this book, a focus on practice firmly roots interpretative analysis in the concrete objects, experiences and constraints of the world around us, thereby putting limits on what is plausible in the interpretation of policy texts and ‘text analogues’. introduction 21 Policy analysis is deliberative When we talk of community in this book, we are not thinking of abstract or idealized theoretical constructs, but of living entities that can be identified in space and time.

In rare cases, enlightened administrators are able break through this discursive dominance with innovative experiments in inclusive discursive designs, but more often, even these attempts at open deliberation will result in cooptation and the stifling of alternative voices. On the basis of two cases in environmental politics, Torgerson argues for the opening up of the hegemonic space by the introduction of counter-cultural, ‘carnivalesque’ elements in the discourse, a theatre of the absurd, that challenge the established dynamics of power, emphasize the ambivalences of concrete problem situations against the technocratic simplifications of administrators and thus create reflective moments of policy discourse.

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