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Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy
Essays commemorating Interpreting British Governance

Edited By

Nick Turnbull

ISBN 9781138777286
Published May 17, 2016 by Routledge
226 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy offers the latest perspectives on the interpretive approach to governance and public policy research.

This book commemorates more than a decade of governance research by Mark Bevir and R.A.W. Rhodes, the leading exponents of interpretive political science in the United Kingdom. It explains how insights from the interpretive perspective may be used to advance the study of governance, high politics, and public policy. Featuring contributions from major scholars in the field, both inside and outside the interpretivist fold, the authors critically reflect upon interpretivism and consider how aspects of the interpretive approach apply to their own research. The authors debate the significance of Bevir and Rhodes’s work and develop future directions for interpretive governance research. The chapters link one of the most innovative contemporary perspectives in political science with the latest empirical studies.

Contributing towards setting the governance research agenda, Interpreting Governance, High Politics and Public Policy is an excellent resource for the study of interpretive policy analysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy Nick Turnbull  Part 1: Governance and Metagovernance  1. Re-centring the British Political Tradition: Explaining Contingency in New Labour and the Coalition’s Governance Statecraft Patrick Diamond, David Richards and Martin Smith  2. Critical Encounters with Decentred Theory: Tradition, Metagovernance, and Parrhēsia as Storytelling Paul Fawcett  3. Interpreting Hillsborough Andrew Taylor  Part 2: High Politics and Political History  4. Executive Governance: An interpretive Analysis R.A.W. Rhodes  5. Political Ideas and ‘Real’ Politics David Craig  6. The Meanings of Progressive Politics: Interpretivism and its Limits Emily Robinson  Part 3: Policymaking  7. Extending Interpretivism: Articulating the Practice Dimension in Bevir and Rhodes’s Differentiated Polity Model Hendrik Wagenaar  8. The Inadequacy of Interpretivism: Explaining Britain's Failure to ‘Number the People’ Perri 6 and Christine Bellamy  9. Interpretivism and Public Policy Research Helen Sullivan  Conclusion  10: Interpreting British Governance: Ten Years On Mark Bevir and R.A.W. Rhodes

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Nick Turnbull is Lecturer in Politics at The University of Manchester, where he researches political communication and political rhetoric, public policy and governance, and the philosophy of social science. He is a specialist in the philosophy of questioning, applied to the social sciences.