T08P04 - Theory and Practice of Deliberative Policy Analysis

Topic : Policy Discourse and Critical Policy Research

Panel Chair : Ya Li - policylab@163.com

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Deliberative policy analysis (briefly DPA) might be one of the most prominent developments in the post-positivist policy movement (Fischer and Forester 1993; Fischer and Gottweis 2012). Since the early edited book of Hajer and Wagenaar (2003), DPA has made many progresses in theory development and pilot practice. However, it is still far to say that DPA has been widely recognized in the policy community (Li, 2015). Basing on the well-developed public deliberation techniques, DPA has the potential to grow into an influential alternative policy analysis mode. This proposed panel aims to revisit and reflect the theoretical and practical issues of DPA, outline the challenges ahead, and discuss its future directions. The panel invites papers relevant to the DPA approach, including but not limited to the following sub-topics:

(1) Theoretical foundations of deliberative policy analysis

(2) Relations between DPA, mainstream positivist policy analysis, and other post-posivist policy analysis approaches

(3) DPA and relevant fields, such as public deliberation and conflict resolution

(4) The roles of and interactions between policy experts, deliberative analysts, involved stakeholders, lay citizens, and policy makers

(5) Organizational issues and procedures of DPA

(6) DPA case study

(7) DPA development in a specific country or a region

(8) Review essays of DPA

(9) Theoretical or practical challenges of DPA

(10) Critical study of DPA

 

References:

Fischer, F., & Forester, J. (1993). The argumentative turn in policy analysis and planning. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Fischer, F., & Gottweis, H. (2012). The Argumentative turn revisited: Public policy as communicative practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Hajer, M. A., & Wagenaar, H. (2003). Deliberative policy analysis: Understanding governance in the network society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Li, Y. (2015). Think tank 2.0 for deliberative policy analysis. Policy Sciences, 48(1): 25-50.

 

Call for papers

 

Deliberative policy analysis (briefly DPA) might be one of the most prominent developments in the post-positivist policy movement (Fischer and Forester 1993; Fischer and Gottweis 2012). Since the early edited book of Hajer and Wagenaar (2003), DPA has made many progresses in theory development and pilot practice. However, it is still far to say that DPA has been widely recognized in the policy community (Li, 2015). Basing on the well-developed public deliberation techniques, DPA has the potential to grow into an influential alternative policy analysis mode. This proposed panel aims to revisit and reflect the theoretical and practical issues of DPA, outline the challenges ahead, and discuss its future directions. The panel invites papers relevant to the DPA approach, including but not limited to the following sub-topics:

(1) Theoretical foundations of deliberative policy analysis

(2) Relations between DPA, mainstream positivist policy analysis, and other post-posivist policy analysis approaches

(3) DPA and relevant fields, such as public deliberation and conflict resolution

(4) The roles of and interactions between policy experts, deliberative analysts, involved stakeholders, lay citizens, and policy makers

(5) Organizational issues and procedures of DPA

(6) DPA case study

(7) DPA development in a specific country or a region

(8) Review essays of DPA

(9) Theoretical or practical challenges of DPA

(10) Critical study of DPA

The panel is open to diversified types of submissions. Theoretical, methodological, critical, and empirical approaches are all welcome.

 

References:

Fischer, F., & Forester, J. (1993). The argumentative turn in policy analysis and planning. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Fischer, F., & Gottweis, H. (2012). The Argumentative turn revisited: Public policy as communicative practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Hajer, M. A., & Wagenaar, H. (2003). Deliberative policy analysis: Understanding governance in the network society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Li, Y. (2015). Think tank 2.0 for deliberative policy analysis. Policy Sciences, 48(1): 25-50.

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