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Using cultural theory to navigate the policy process

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Cultural Theory's (CT) four 'cultural biases' hold an intuitive appeal and empirical resonance for policy scholars as they seek to make sense of complex policy contexts. Yet research applications of CT are often hampered by superficial classifications and a lack of operationalisable measures. This article solves these problems, presenting valid measures in a 'compass' and 'map' to show how cultural patterns are both 'internalised' in individuals and 'institutionalised' in policy contexts. Key tensions here provide researchers with new interpretive tools to promote better questioning, learning and adaptation within particular policy environments, including opportunities for research impact through practical, 'institutional work'.
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Keywords: INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS; INSTITUTIONAL WORK; POLICY DESIGN; POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: April, 2018

This article was made available online on April 16, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Using cultural theory to navigate the policy process​".

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