Interpretive POLITICS ANALYSIS NETWORK
An increasing number of scholars are engaging with interpretive approaches to policy analysis. While IPA scholars adopt a range of methodological techniques, they share a focus on the ways in which policy meanings are constructed, communicated and received. Empirical work is an important part of the IPA tradition, but it insists that ‘facts’ are always theory-laden and that policy meanings require deliberate interpretation. As such, interpretive policy analysis acts as a critique of an objectivist conception of reality and too great a reliance on technical rationality within policy-making.
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