Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorGalvin, Rayen_US
dc.description.abstractDiscourse theories offer a penetrating approach to environmental policy analysis, as they focus on the interpretive worlds produced in policy actors' utterances and writings, and the argumentative struggles that lead to one view dominating over others in a policy domain. However they fail to theorise the relationships between policy discourse and the material realities that are the objects of policy. This is because their social constructivist epistemology deprives them of criteria for judging the comparative reliability of scientists' and others' knowledge of these material objects. This limits their explanatory power, since the material world is a certain way, and therefore influences what policymakers can successfully do. This paper offers a 'modest realist' approach to fill this gap. It defends a thoroughly social constructivist understanding of knowledge, yet argues there are good grounds for maintaining that the knowledge of material objects produced in the natural sciences is far more reliable than that produced elsewhere. But such an approach demands trans-disciplinary skills of the policy analyst, including detailed engagement with the relevant area of natural science and its global peer-review community. When done carefully, this approach can add a further explanatory variable to policy analysis, namely the behaviour of the materiality the policy is aimed at.en_US
dc.publisher|aCSERGE |cNorwichen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCSERGE Working Paper |x2011-02en_US
dc.subject.keywordenvironmental policy analysisen_US
dc.subject.keywordmodest realismen_US
dc.subject.keywordpolicy discourse theoryen_US
dc.titleEnvironmental policy discourse and its material objects: Bridging the gap with 'modest realism'en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

Files in This Item:
576.25 kB

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.