Abreu, Luiz Eduardo da Silva, Frederico A. Barbosa
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Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1730
Public policy studies in Brazil strongly rely on sociological, historical or rational choice neo-institutionalisms. A forth 'newest new institutionalism' argues that ideas and discourse matter, meaning they play a paramount role in politics. The concept of narratives may provide insights into the daily routine of public institutions that remain unperceived by 'older new-institutionalisms'. It also helps to develop one's sensibility to what people say into a more conspicuous representation of what that really means. Numbers, norms, and official or unofficial discourses only make sense as parts of broader, although unsettled narratives.
narratives discourse discursive institucionalism new institucionalism public policies