• Part 3. Understanding policy processes

    Parliamentary debatePolicy processes are sometimes seen as linear and technical. But in fact, policy processes and their relationship to 'evidence' are intrinsically political and value driven.

    In this part, we'll critically examines how policy change occurs (or doesn’t) as a result of such political, value driven processes. We'll also considers the relationships between ‘experts’ and ‘citizens’ in policy processes, and how policy processes can both help to ‘open up’ but also ‘close down’ debates about pathways to sustainability.

    Learning outcomes

    At the end of this part, you should be able to:

    1. Articulate how policy processes are intrinsically political and value driven.
    2. Describe the relevance of attending to the intersections of knowledge/discourse, actors/networks and politics/interests in any policy area in order to expose the politics and values that underpin any policy process.
    3. Use these concepts to conduct applied analysis of policy documents and critically examine the narratives and framings that underpin them.

    This part is split into 2 sections: