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Linking political discourses on science with an evolving and densely populated context: Exploring the prospects of Cultural Political Economy
English
Charlier, Nathan mailto [Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique >]
Jun-2015
No
International
‘Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches’
26-27 June 2015
London
[en] discourse analysis ; science policy ; research impact
[en] As a PhD student, I investigate the multiple ways science is conceived and valued in a research and innovation (R&I) policy context under seismic shifts (Tyfield, 2012): I aim at analyzing and comparing the various political discourses about R&I in Flanders and Wallonia (the two main regions of Federal Belgium). With regards to that goal, I am currently in the process of analyzing a corpus of 33 semi-structured interviews with principal investigators of two University biotech research centers, with members of two University research management boards, and with representatives of two regional science policy advisory boards. In order to analyze this particular set of discourses, I build on various sensitizing concepts (van den Hoonard 1997) such as policy narratives (Radaelli, 2000), while following the tenets of Grounded Theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). However, it is, I believe, necessary to connect the specific discourses I am studying to a broader context made of institutions, of actors engaged in power relationships, of policies and policy reforms, of a specific history, of other discourses, etc. The way one build ties between a particular set of data and broader contextual aspects is key to a fruitful sociological analysis. My proposal is to explore the potentialities offered by Cultural Political Economy (Sum & Jessop, 2013), an approach concerned with “the relation between semiosis and structuration in political economy” (Sum & Jessop, 2013: X), when trying to link discourses on R&I to the context they are part of. Acknowledging the “interdependence and co-evolution of the semiotic and extra-semiotic” (ibid., 23), CPE offers heuristic tools to study the articulation of specific discourses “with technologies and agency” (ibid., 20). My communication will disclose the iterative process of discourse analysis relying on CPE, as well as its results.
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Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; Fonds David-Constant
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