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The Narrative Policy Framework: child or monster?

The Narrative Policy Framework: child or monster? Recent critiques of the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) have described the framework as a hybrid – and perhaps contradictory – platform using postpositivist theory in the service of positivistic methods. While the NPF has done much to advance what one might term its positivist hypotheses-testing orientation, the ongoing relationship between the NPF and its postpositive, interpretative foundation is – to date – unclear. This article explores the relationship between the NPF and interpretivism. In our exploration, we detail NPF dimensions of ontology, epistemology, socio-theoretic choice, disciplinary boundaries, generalizing versus particularizing styles and normativity, as these dimensions relate to interpretivism. We find the NPF and interpretivism to be quite compatible along our analyzed dimensions – albeit with major epistemological differences. We conclude with a discussion outlining what the NPF has to offer interpretivism and what interpretivism has to offer the NPF. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Critical Policy Studies Taylor & Francis

The Narrative Policy Framework: child or monster?

Critical Policy Studies , Volume 9 (3): 17 – Jul 3, 2015
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham
ISSN
1946-018X
eISSN
1946-0171
DOI
10.1080/19460171.2015.1053959
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Abstract

Recent critiques of the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) have described the framework as a hybrid – and perhaps contradictory – platform using postpositivist theory in the service of positivistic methods. While the NPF has done much to advance what one might term its positivist hypotheses-testing orientation, the ongoing relationship between the NPF and its postpositive, interpretative foundation is – to date – unclear. This article explores the relationship between the NPF and interpretivism. In our exploration, we detail NPF dimensions of ontology, epistemology, socio-theoretic choice, disciplinary boundaries, generalizing versus particularizing styles and normativity, as these dimensions relate to interpretivism. We find the NPF and interpretivism to be quite compatible along our analyzed dimensions – albeit with major epistemological differences. We conclude with a discussion outlining what the NPF has to offer interpretivism and what interpretivism has to offer the NPF.

Journal

Critical Policy StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2015

Keywords: narrative inquiry; Narrative Policy Framework; interpretivism; metatheory

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