Fairclough, Isabela (2015) Evaluating policy as argument: the public debate over the first UK austerity budget. Critical Discourse Studies, 13 (1). pp. 57-77. ISSN 1740-5904
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2015.1074595
This article aims to make a methodological contribution to the ‘argumentative turn’ in policy analysis and to the understanding of the public debate on the UK Government's austerity policies. It suggests that policy arguments are practical arguments from circumstances, goals and means–goal relations to practical conclusions (proposals) that can ground decision and action. Practical proposals are evaluated in light of their potential consequences. This article proposes a deliberation scheme and a set of critical questions for the evaluation of deliberation and decision-making in conditions of incomplete knowledge (uncertainty and risk). It illustrates these questions by analysing a corpus of articles from five newspapers over the two months following the adoption of the first austerity budget in June 2010. It also suggests how analysis of ‘frames’ and ‘framing’ can be integrated with the evaluation of deliberation and decision-making.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Austerity; budget; critical questions; deliberation; decision-making; framing; metaphor; policy evaluation; practical argument; uncertainty and risk|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Isabela Fairclough|
|Deposited On:||14 Jan 2016 12:56|
|Last Modified:||11 Mar 2017 08:04|
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