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Record number 427399
Title Doing scalar politics: interactive scale framing for managing accountability in complex policy processes
Author(s) Lieshout, M. van; Dewulf, A.; Aarts, N.; Termeer, C.J.A.M.
Source Critical Policy Studies 6 (2012)2. - ISSN 1946-0171 - p. 163 - 181.
Department(s) Public Administration and Policy
Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Abstract Complex policy issues increasingly play out in multilevel and multi-scale contexts. This allows for scale framing: framing an issue at a particular scale and level. In this article, we study scale framing as an interactional phenomenon in various policy settings, with a focus on its role in managing accountability. Using an interpretive approach, based on discourse and conversation analysis, we analyze three different policy interactions. We show how actors do scalar politics in face to face interactions, by using scale frames to manage accountability. We tentatively revealed three scale framing patterns. We conclude that a discursive approach to accountability is an important addition to more procedural approaches in complex policy processes.
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