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The Narrative Structure of Policy Analysis

Thomas J. Kaplan
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Vol. 5, No. 4 (Summer, 1986), pp. 761-778
DOI: 10.2307/3324882
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3324882
Page Count: 18
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The Narrative Structure of Policy Analysis
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Abstract

This paper holds that the prior development of clear external criteria or principles is not always a useful avenue to the resolution of policy dilemmas, and that external criteria are sometimes as likely to emerge from proposed resolutions to policy issues as they are to govern those resolutions. In the absence of external criteria, stories meeting certain characteristics (truth, richness, consistency, congruency, and unity) can integrate necessary considerations, explain the development of current dilemmas, and point the way to resolutions. Not all policy analyses need to be in the narrative form--some analyses appropriately make tenseless arguments for particular principles. However, these principles invariably allow for many possible actions, and only a narrative can explain which particular course of action is desirable and why.

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