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As above, so below? Narrative Salience and Side Effects of National Innovation Systems
Claisse, Frédéric; Delvenne, Pierre
2016In Critical Policy Studies, 11 (3), p. 255-271
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Keywords :
Policy narratives; National Innovation Systems; Hegemony; Narrative salience; Narrative Policy Analysis; Narratology; Power of Scenarization; Saillance narrative; Narratologie; Pouvoir de scénarisation; Récits de politique publique; Systèmes Nationaux d'Innovation; Hégémonie
Abstract :
[en] This article furthers previous attempts at integrating narratology in policy analysis. Embracing an open-ended definition of narrative, it stresses the importance of maintaining distinct narrative levels and, more generally, of taking into account the pragmatic dimension of narration as an activity, including the often-implicit role and focalization of the policy analyst. Developing a conceptual analogy between storytelling and the exercise of power, it argues for a critical use of practical imagination in ‘cold’ situations of ‘narrative salience’, characterized by the absence of controversy or uncertainty, an uneven distribution of the power of scenarization. These propositions for a ‘revisited’ approach to policy narratives, equidistant from the positivist and post-positivist dichotomy, are tested on the case of ‘narrative salience’ where a particular storyline, national innovation systems, is so dominant that there appears to be no ‘counter-story’.
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Law, criminology & political science: Multidisciplinary, general & others
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Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Claisse, Frédéric ;  Université de Liège > Département de langues et littératures romanes > Litt. française (19è et 20è) - Sociologie de la littérature
Delvenne, Pierre  ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Département de science politique
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As above, so below? Narrative Salience and Side Effects of National Innovation Systems
Publication date :
11 April 2016
Journal title :
Critical Policy Studies
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Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom
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