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Policy research as critical praxis

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Abstract


  • In responding to Woods and Gardner’s (2011) article, this piece positions policy research as a potentially rich site for critical praxis. It works through the possibilities around (i) negotiating the politics of policy research; (ii) the iterative and hybrid nature of policy research; and (iii) the internally differentiated nature of states. While remaining clear-eyed around the limits Woods and Gardner point to that shape collaborative work around policy, the article argues that policy research can be a site where the ethical and normative commitments of a critical agenda can be pursued. This requires that we recognise, first, policy research as a context for situated knowledge production within the complex social terrain of the state and, second, the performative and constitutive effects of knowledge.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2011). Policy research as critical praxis. Dialogues in Human Geography, 1 (2), 233-237.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84975095848

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3245&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2244

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Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 233

End Page


  • 237

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In responding to Woods and Gardner’s (2011) article, this piece positions policy research as a potentially rich site for critical praxis. It works through the possibilities around (i) negotiating the politics of policy research; (ii) the iterative and hybrid nature of policy research; and (iii) the internally differentiated nature of states. While remaining clear-eyed around the limits Woods and Gardner point to that shape collaborative work around policy, the article argues that policy research can be a site where the ethical and normative commitments of a critical agenda can be pursued. This requires that we recognise, first, policy research as a context for situated knowledge production within the complex social terrain of the state and, second, the performative and constitutive effects of knowledge.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2011). Policy research as critical praxis. Dialogues in Human Geography, 1 (2), 233-237.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84975095848

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3245&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2244

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 233

End Page


  • 237

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom