Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 5797 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
"Combining insight from policy studies, political psychology, communication science, and literary theory, the contributors to this gem break new ground by exploring the central role of narratives and story-telling in public policy and democratic discourse. A very impressive piece of work, the book is a fine combination of theory-building supported by a careful blend of experimental, statistical, and qualitative techniques that links micro, meso, and macro analyses to an emerging framework of deductive social constructionism." - Nikolaos Zahariadis, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA"Underpinning theories of the policy process is an understanding of individual actors aptly summarized by the term 'bounded rationality, ' which emphasizes both goal-oriented action and cognitive and emotional constraints. The Science of Stories, which reviews and extends the Narrative Policy Framework, argues persuasively that narratives people tell themselves and others influence their decision-making. This is a fresh and impressive approach to understanding policy processes that fits within a broader attempt to ground policy sciences in cognitive research." - Bryan D. Jones, Director of the Policy Agendas Project at University of Texas at Austin, USA'The contributors to this volume do a first-rate job of setting out an illustration and defense of the empirical orientation to narrative analysis. The book will not settle the age-old debate between interpretivists and empiricists, but it certainly renews the discussion in provocatively interesting ways.' - Frank Fischer, Professor of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University, USA
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