Edited by Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Michael Farrelly and Jane Mulderrig
Chapter 12: Concluding remarks on critical policy discourse analysis
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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