Interpretative policy analysis rests on a long tradition of philosophical argumentation that stands on its own, without references to positivist arguments. Its hallmark is a focus on meaning that is situated in a particular context. The language of "interpretative" policy analysis underscores the extent to which methodological choices, rather than being a disembodied repetoire of tools and techniques, are grounded in a particular set of epistemological and ontological presuppositions - in this case, those associated with interpretative schools of thought (such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, and some critical theory). This chapter elaborates on the importance of policy analysis of "local" knowledge relative to a policy issue and sketches out some interpreatitve research methods for accessing and analysing it.
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