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.
||Miller, Hugh T. 2014. "Narrative Competition in Public Discourse." AdmistrtiveTheory& Praxis 36 (3): 287-307. |
||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.|
||Miller, Hugh T. 2012. Governing Narratives: Symbolic Politics and Policy Change. University of Alabama Press. |
||Governing Narratives highlights the degree to which meaning making in public policy is more a cultural struggle than a rational and analytical project.|
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation