Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy
Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policyoffers 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
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.