A narrative-interactionist approach to policy change analysis. Lessons from a case study of the cultural policy domain in Catalonia

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Abstract

© 2015 Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham. The cultural policy domain can be considered a relevant object of study for analyzing policy change processes in which policy discourse and the ambiguity of language have a central role. However, there are few studies that analyze cultural policy and policy change. This article therefore develops an approach for analyzing policy change based on evidence from a case study of the development of cultural policy in Catalonia. In this narrative-interactionist approach, policy change is taken to mean the result of the symbolic interaction among political actors, within a relatively restricted institutional framework. Policy change is conditioned by the variations in the process of symbolic legitimation of government intervention, in this case in the cultural arena. By adapting the concept of frame alignment to policy change analysis, this article shows that the alignment between policy frames and a master frame underpins this symbolic legitimation. The process of alignment is dynamic and leads to a modification of the actors’ policy frames.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-453
JournalCritical Policy Studies
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Catalonia
  • Cultural policy
  • Policy change
  • Policy discourse
  • Policy frame

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