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Policy, learning and regime change: Western concepts and CEE experience

Colebatch H.K. ()
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Colebatch H.K.: A Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School of Social Science, University of New South Wales.

Central European Journal of Public Policy, 2017, vol. 11, issue 2, 2-10

Abstract: This article offers an outsider’s perspective on the place of policy in the analysis of governing in Central and Eastern Europe, both before the change from a communist to a post-communist order, and since. It explores the way in which ‘policy’ is used as a construct in both the practice of governing and the analysis of that practice. It argues that we have to recognise multiple strands – authority, structured interaction, and collective problematisation - in the construction of ‘policy’. It points to a distinction between ‘formal’ and ‘practical’ perspectives, and argues that this distinction reflects structural tensions in the process of ’putting together’ the shared understandings and relationships which make g for ‘governing’, It argues for the importance of continuing research, empirically based and theoretically informed, into the way that governing is ‘put together’ in Central and Eastern Europe, and how both participants and the governed ‘make sense’ of this process.

Keywords: practice of governing; policy; policy analysis; concepts in practice; sense-making (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1515/cejpp-2016-0037

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