The Dynamics of Justification in Policy Reform: Insights from Water Policy Debates in Ireland
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|Title:||The Dynamics of Justification in Policy Reform: Insights from Water Policy Debates in Ireland||Authors:||O'Neill, Eoin
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10370||Date:||1-Apr-2018||Online since:||2019-05-09T08:32:21Z||Abstract:||Policy reform can be complex and fraught with contending arguments. Although much research has been conducted into the politics of coalition formation, less attention has been devoted to legitimating logics in policy reform. Drawing on the work of Boltanski and Thévenot, this exploratory study addresses this deficit by examining the influence of justifications deployed in policy debates. The paper analyses the role of shifting reasoning in contentious debates concerning attempts to reform water policy, including the introduction of domestic water charges in Ireland. Employing data from parliamentary deliberations, the paper traces the changing forms of justification used by those favouring and opposing the reforms. This examination suggests the importance of aligning an argument’s content with the shifting context into which it is introduced. The paper highlights the benefits of an investigative approach concerning policy justification for understanding policy reform dynamics at the intersection of politics and environmental communication.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Taylor & Francis||Journal:||Environmental Communication||Volume:||12||Issue:||4||Start page:||451||End page:||461||Copyright (published version):||2018 Taylor & Francis||Keywords:||Policy reform; Environmental communication; Environmental policy; Water charges; Policy justification||DOI:||10.1080/17524032.2018.1429478||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection|
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