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Using Bacchi's approach in policy analysis

26 September 2013

This seminar, which goes by the full title of "Poststructuralist discourse analysis: using Bacchi’s ‘what’s-the-problem-represented-to-be?’ (WPR) approach in policy analysis", will discuss poststructuralist approaches to discourse analysis and introduce Carol Bacchi’s (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009) WPR approach to policy analysis. Poststructuralist discourse analysis has enabled policy analysts across a range of fields to focus on the implicit representations of ‘problems’ (or problem representations) in public policies. The WPR approach rests on the idea that we are governed, not through policies, but through ‘problematisations’, or how ‘problems’ are constituted.  Its focus is on making accessible unexamined assumptions and deep-seated conceptual logics within implicit problem representations and therefore to challenge accepted ways of approaching policy issues. Examples across a diverse range of areas of social and public policy in Australia – from domestic violence and welfare policies to drug and food security policies – will demonstrate the utility of the approach for critical policy analysis.

Event details

  • When: 4–5pm

  • Where:

    Change of venue


    Old Teachers College A22, Room 448

    old teachers college location

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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim

    E: camilla.pilgrim@sydney.edu.au

  • More info:

    View the full schedule of talks in this series.

  • Reading:

    Bacchi, C. (1999). Women, policy and politics. The construction of policy problems. London: Sage.

    Bacchi, C. (2009). Analysing policy: what’s the problem represented to be? Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson. Chapter 1 available online: http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b3715625~S1

    Goodwin, S. (2010). "Analysing policy as discourse: methodological advances in policy analysis". In Markauskaite, Lina; Freebody, Peter; Irwin, Jude (Ed.), Methodological choices and research designs for educational and social change: linking scholarship, policy and practice. New York: Springer. http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b4322098~S1

    Goodwin, S. (2012). "Women, policy and politics: recasting policy studies". In C. Beasley and A. Bletsas (Eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: strategic interventions and exchanges. Adelaide: Adelaide University Press. Free eBook available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/engaging/.

  • Speaker: Associate Professor Susan Goodwin is Associate Dean, Research, in the Faculty of education and Scoal Work at the University of Sydney. She teaches social policy in the undergraduate program and in the Master of Policy Studies program. She also supervises postgraduate research students undertaking projects in her specialty areas, which include gender; social policy and the welfare state; and community capacity building policies and practices. Dr Goodwin has been involved in collaborative research with a range of organisations, including a large study of gender equity in public institutions, as well as research projects with a variety of non-government organisations.


Using Bacchi's approach in policy analysis

Where

Old Teachers College A22, Room 448

old teachers college location

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When

26 September 2013


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