This book offers a powerful new approach to policy studies. Drawing on recent perspectives from social constructionism, discourse analysis, the sociology of social problems and feminism, Carol Bacchi develops a step-by-step analytical tool for deconstructing policy problems. Her `What's the Problem?' approach encourages students to reflect critically upon the ways in which policy problems get constructed within policy debates and policy proposals.
Carol Lee Bacchi is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. Her publications include The Politics of Affirmative Action: 'Women', Equality and Category Politics (Sage, 1996), and Same Difference: Feminism and Sexual Difference (Allen & Unwin, 1990)
Introduction Taking Problems Apart PART ONE: WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? AN APPROACH TO POLICY Preamble Policy Studies Traditional Approaches Rethinking Policy Studies Rethinking `Social Problems' PART TWO: THE PROBLEM OF WOMEN'S INEQUALITY Preamble Pay Equity On Whose Terms? Discrimination Who Is Responsible? Education Policy Access or Transformation? Child Care Policy Who Gains? Abortion Whose Right? Domestic Violence Battered Women or Violent Men? Sexual Harassment What Is Sexual about It? Conclusion The Politics of Policy Studies