Elizabeth Shanahan, Ph.D.
Montana State University Dept Pol Sci
Address: Wilson Hall, 2-141, P.O. Box 172240
City: Bozeman, Montana - 59717
Country: United States
Text as Data
Health Politics and Policy
Public Values Perceptions
Public Policy Process
Countries of Interest
As one of the architects of the Narrative Policy Framework, my research focuses on the role of narratives in the policy process. How do narratives influence people's opinions on policy? How do narratives shape the policy terrain? What are the macro-level narratives that go unquestionned? I conduct experiments to understand the mechansisms of how narratives work. I also conduct (very labor intensive) coding of policy debates to understand policy intractability. Currently, I am working in the area of hazard preparation/risk communication (flooding and virus spillover). On the side, I am involved in Montana election work--surveying to understadn how people may vote in the 2018 mid-term election. We will conduct a post-election survey as well.
The Narrative Policy Framework has a growing number of researchers seeking to apply the framework in policy process scholarship. This article is intended to assist those interested in conducting an NPF study that is ‘clear enough to be wrong’ (Sabatier, 2000). While graduate programs offer critical methodological training, this article focuses on the specific application of the NPF to research inquiries about the role of policy narratives in the policy process. We approach our discussion by examining various decisions in the research process and include a detailed discussion of specifying the model and obtaining narrative data. We also point out areas for further investigation.
This chapter in the Theories of the Policy Process is the current theorizing about the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF). The chapter details assumptions of the NPF that drive the NPF's philosophy of narrative science: a social constructivist ontology with an objective epistemology. The chapter examines how the NPF theorizes narratives operating at the micro, meso, and macro levels. The chapter also includes extant NPF studies at these levels of analysis. Finally, there is a section addressing the import of comparative work and how the NPF can be used therein.
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