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)