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The Discursive Turn in Policy Analysis and the Validation of Policy Stories / LINDSAY PRIOR; DAVID HUGHES; STEPHEN PECKHAM
Journal of Social Policy, Volume: 41, Issue: 02, Pages: 271 - 289
Swansea University Author: Hughes, David
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DOI (Published version): 10.1017/S0047279411000821
This paper discusses the language of policy documents in the field of health care, and how ‘readings’ of such documents might be validated in the context of a narrative analysis. The focus is on a comparative study of UK health policy documents (<em>N</em> = 20) as produced by the variou...
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This paper discusses the language of policy documents in the field of health care, and how ‘readings’ of such documents might be validated in the context of a narrative analysis. The focus is on a comparative study of UK health policy documents (<em>N</em> = 20) as produced by the various assemblies, governments and executives of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the period 2000–09. The authors identify some key characteristics of narrative structure the go on to indicate how text-mining strategies allied with features of semantic and network analysis can be used to unravel the basic elements of policy stories and to facilitate the presentation of data in such a way that readers can verify the strengths of any given analysis – with regard to claims concerning, say, the presence, absence or relative importance of key ideas and concepts. Readers can then ‘see’ how the different components of any one story might fit together, and to get a sense of what has been excluded from the narrative as well as what has been included, and thereby assess the reliability and validity of interpretations that have been placed upon the data.
<p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">Prior, L. Hughes, D. and Peckham, S</span></p>
policy narratives, content analysis, documents
College of Human and Health Sciences