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Policy trajectories : treading the discursive path of policy analysis

Gale, Trevor 1999, Policy trajectories : treading the discursive path of policy analysis, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 393-407, doi: 10.1080/0159630990200304.

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Title Policy trajectories : treading the discursive path of policy analysis
Author(s) Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 393
End page 407
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 1999
ISSN 0159-6306
Keyword(s) policy sociology
education policy
policy discourse
Summary This paper is concerned with theorising the nature of policy and its production. It takes as its starting point the work of Stephen Ball,1 particularly his writings within the pages of this journal (13(2), 1993)—later reprinted as Chapter 2 in Education Reform (1994a)—as well as his earlier writings in Politics and Policy Making in Education (1990) and Reforming Education and Changing Schools (Bowe, Ball & Gold, 1992). More broadly, the paper is located within a 'new' sociological interest in education policy often referred to as 'policy sociology'2 (Payne, Dingwall, Payne & Carter, 1981; Ozga, 1987, Ball, 1990; Bowe, Ball & Gold, 1992); a concern that is 'rooted in the social science tradition, historically informed and drawing on qualitative and illuminative techniques' (Ozga, 1987, p. 144) and 'united by the conviction that "things", especially policy discourse, must be pulled apart' (Troyna, 1994, p. 71) to determine whose interests they serve.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0159630990200304
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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