Hugh T. Miller

Florida Atlantic University
School of Public Administration

Social Science Building, Suite 202
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL
USA
33431
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April_2015

I am currently working on the discursive ontology implied by Barad, Wendt and Wittgensteing. My research draws from semiotics, social constructionism, actor network theory, and neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory to try to assess the impact of signs, ideographs (e.g., partial birth abortion, welfare queen, acid rain, death panels) and narratives on the enactment of public policy. Most recent book along these lines is Governing Narrataive: Symbolic Politics and Policy Change.

Citation:
Miller, Hugh T. 2015. “Scientism vs. Interpretivism in Critical Policy Studies.” Critical Policy Studies 9 (3):356-360
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19460171.2015.1075734
Citation:
Miller, Hugh T. 2014. "Narrative Competition in Public Discourse." AdmistrtiveTheory& Praxis 36 (3): 287-307.
Abstract: This article attempts to illustrate narrative evolution by considering some narrative data from a university classroom exercise that inflamed religious and right wing sensibilities. Following Miller’s (2012) conceptualization, narratives are presumed to compete for dominance in an environment of human communication. The viability of an evolutionary approach to narrative analysis was assessed.
Citation:
Miller, Hugh T. 2012. Governing Narratives: Symbolic Politics and Policy Change. University of Alabama Press.
Abstract: Governing Narratives highlights the degree to which meaning making in public policy is more a cultural struggle than a rational and analytical project.
URL: http://goo.gl/Kbxj6

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Keywords

SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM SYMBOLIC POLITICS ANTI-ESSENTIALISM CONNOTATION POLICY NARRATIVE NARRATIVE APPROACH IDEOGRAPH EPISTEMOLOGY ONTOLOGY