Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy

The Political Process of Policymaking

A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy

Authors: Zittoun, P.

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Philippe Zittoun analyses the public policymaking process focusing on how governments relentlessly develop proposals to change public policy to address insoluble problems. Rather than considering this surprising Sisyphean effort as a lack of rationality, the author examines it as a political activity that produces order and stability.

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"Despite much lip-service given to the need to understand the profoundly political nature of public policies, there is a distinct tendency in many studies to address the subject in a mechanical way, treating the definition of policy goals and the articulation of the means to achieve them as technical issues subject to a precise instrumental logic and rationality. This excellent volume by Philippe Zittoun avoids this error and takes on the analysis of the political construction of public policy head-on. It develops and refines key definitions and methods for thepolitical analysis of public policy-making, from problem construction to solution 'bricolage' and the development and analysis of the argumentative strategies used to propagate solutions and legitimize

them. This is essential reading for all students of policy-making." Micheal Howlett, Burnaby Mountain Chair, Simon Fraser University, Canada

"All too often politics is underplayed in the analysis of the policy process. In The Political Process of Policymaking Professor Zittoun offers a refreshing corrective to this neglect. He is also to be commended for his attention of the role the political construction of policy objects and events, as well as his examination of the role of communication and argumentation as they play out across the policy process as a whole, from agenda-setting to evaluation. Not least important is the fact that the book opens the way to a much needed and long overdue exchange between policy scholars in the English and French speaking worlds. This is by all accounts a seminar service to the field." Frank Fischer, Professor of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University, USA

"Philippe Zittoun's book provides an excellent discussion of policymaking in France, and the interactions among levels of government within that political system. This is not, however, just a book on France but provides insights into more general theoretical and analytic questions about public policy." B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Political Process of Policymaking

    Zittoun, Philippe

    Pages 1-11

  • Creating Social Disorder: Constructing, Propagating and Policitising Social Problems

    Zittoun, Philippe

    Pages 12-41

  • Defining Solution: A Complex Bricolage to Solve Public Problems

    Zittoun, Philippe

    Pages 42-92

  • Propagating Solution: Argumentative Strategies to Cement Coalitions

    Zittoun, Philippe

    Pages 93-138

  • Policy Statements to Legitimise “Decision-Makers”

    Zittoun, Philippe

    Pages 139-186

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Process of Policymaking
Book Subtitle
A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34766-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137347664
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34765-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46744-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 211
Topics