This book offers a powerful new approach to policy studies. Drawing on recent perspectives from social constructionism, discourse analysis, the sociology of social problems and feminism, Carol Bacchi develops a step-by-step analytical tool for deconstructing policy problems. Her `What's the Problem?' approach encourages students to reflect critically upon the ways in which policy problems get constructed within policy debates and policy proposals.

The Problem of Women's Inequality
The problem of women's inequality

As mentioned in the Introduction, in Part Two of the book a What's the Problem (represented to be)? approach will be applied to a selection of issues frequently identified as crucial to ending ‘women's inequality’. The purpose is not, however, to attempt a comprehensive treatment of any single issue but to provide a guide to method. Each chapter is written in such a way as to draw attention to methodological pointers and each will highlight one particular aspect of a What's the Problem? approach. In the process, an analysis of the issue will be offered with all the provisos mentioned in the Introduction – that other authors could well use the methodology developed in this book ...

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