Critical Policy Discourse Analysis
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Critical Policy Discourse Analysis

Edited by Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Michael Farrelly and Jane Mulderrig

This book provides a series of contemporary and international policy case studies analysed through discursive methodological approaches in the traditions of critical discourse analysis, social semiotics and discourse theory. This is the first volume that connects this discursive methodology systematically to the field of critical policy analysis and will therefore be an essential book for researchers who wish to include a discursive analysis in their critical policy research.
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Chapter 12: Concluding remarks on critical policy discourse analysis

Michael Farrelly, Nicolina Montesano Montessori and Jane Mulderrig


This chapter reflects on the three aims of the volume: first, to show, conceptually, how an integration of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) with Critical Policy Studies (CPS) could enrich the analysis of policy discourse. Second, to set out, explicitly, the methodological steps taken in operationalising such an analysis, and, third, to reflect on the distinctive contribution made to both fields when applied to actual policy problems. It argues, first, that CPDA encourages and facilitates a relational analysis of policy; second, it emphasises the constitutive role of discourse in policy analysis; third, that CPDA encourages analysis of the context of policy discourse and of the mutually constitutive relationship which holds between them; and, fourth, that the CPDA approach encourages analysis of the connection between policy and power. It concludes that CPDA not only leads to better understanding of the investigated topic, but it also leads to a synergy in which theory informs the analysis, while the analysis informs theory.

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