The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning by Frank Fischer, John Forester

By Frank Fischer, John Forester

Public coverage is made from language. even if in written or oral shape, argument is primary to all elements of the coverage technique. so simple as this perception looks, its implications for coverage research and making plans are profound. Drawing from fresh paintings on language and argumentation and relating such theorists as Wittgenstein, Habermas, Toulmin, and Foucault, those essays discover the interaction of language, motion, and tool in either the perform and the idea of policy-making. The members, students of overseas renown who diversity around the theoretical spectrum, emphasize the political nature of the coverage planner's paintings and tension the position of persuasive arguments in functional determination making. spotting the rhetorical, communicative personality of coverage and making plans deliberations, they exhibit that coverage arguments are unavoidably selective, either shaping and being formed via kin of energy. those essays show the practices of coverage analysts and planners in strong new ways--as concerns of useful argumentation in complicated, hugely political environments. in addition they make an immense contribution to modern debates over postempiricism within the social and coverage sciences.Contributors. John S. Dryzek, William N. Dunn, Frank Fischer, John Forester, Maarten Hajer, Patsy Healey, Robert Hoppe, Bruce Jennings, Thomas J. Kaplan, Duncan MacRae, Jr., Martin Rein, Donald Schon, J. A. Throgmorton

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Regardless of a group’s political strength, it is no longer enough for its leaders to rely on the strategic exercise of their political influence. For those seeking to extend their political influence, both the decentralized character of power in the political system and the technical complexity of modern policy issues necessitate attention to policy arguments. Normative arguments and empirical evidence have become unavoidable components of modern policy struggles, and the social science community has emerged as principal supplier of the necessary intellectual ammunition (Easterbook 1986).

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