MSPGH Seminar: 3rd June 2015 – Interpretivism and policy research

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 3rd June 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Helen Sullivan, Foundation Director, Melbourne School of Government, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

This seminar will examine the value of Interpretivism to public policy research and by extension to public policy makers.  It will demonstrate how interpretivism offers an important alternative perspective that can help us understand why policy makers and professionals and practitioners might not always act in the way that postivism might suggest.  Drawing on empirical examples the seminar will explore how interpretivism can be operationalized in public policy research.  It focuses on three elements: traditions, situated agency, and practices and shows how interpretivism affords more nuanced accounts of meaning-making by actors and also has implications for the shaping of material outcomes.

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