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Het meten van discourscoalities met discoursnetwerkanalyse

Naar een formele analyse van het politieke vertoog

Keywords Discourse analysis, social network analysis, discourse coalitions, policy conflict, methodology, public policy
Authors Allan Muller
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Allan Muller
Allan Muller is verbonden aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de formele meting van beleidsposities en beleidscontroverse op basis van discours, alsook op de comparatieve analyse van beleidscontroverses.
  • Abstract

      Since the ‘argumentative turn’ in policy analysis scholars have increasingly focused on discourse as an explanatory factor for the analysis policy processes. This has resulted in a proliferation of rich and deep qualitative discourse-analytical studies on a vast range of policy controversies. However, these studies have two important shortcomings: firstly, they offer limited possibilities for comparative research, because they lack an objectified and standardized measuring instrument. Secondly, according to some critics, these studies do not live up to scientific standards.
      This article presents a method based on a combination of content analysis and social network analysis which can be complementary to qualitative approaches, in order to answer to these shortcomings. It is exemplified by a limited case study on two debates within the policy domain of transport-mobility in Flanders. The article concludes with a discussion of a number of possible applications of the method within the broader discipline of political science.

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