Meeting, talk and text: policy and politics in practice

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Our prevailing accounts of the policy process are challenged by studies of practice as well as by practitioners themselves. This paper sets out an alternative, grounded in politics and sociology and informed by recent work in related disciplines. Drawing on the foundational work of Arendt and Goffman, it begins in the essential dynamics of the gathering, the encounter and the meeting. It considers the extent to which each is realised in talk, and in the production and reproduction of texts. Policy and politics seek to establish and maintain a 'definition of the situation' and what might follow from it: the purpose of the paper is to match theoretical and empirical accounts of this process with the activity and experience of its practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-388
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • practice
  • action
  • interaction
  • production
  • policymaking
  • Arendt
  • Goffman


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