Policy Sciences

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 227-242

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Narrative policy analysis and the integration of public involvement in decision making

  • Greg HamptonAffiliated withAcademic Services Division, University of WollongongAustralian Center for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Melbourne Email author 

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Public involvement in environmental policy analysis and planning may be in some cases for the purpose of incorporating public values and preferences in decision making. Narrative policy analysis is put forward as a method, which is particularly useful to the practice of public involvement for maintaining a juxtaposition of views throughout the policy development and planning process. It is argued that this process may facilitate the consideration of public preferences in a decision-making process. This can be achieved through the joint development of a meta-narrative.


Public involvement Narrative policy analysis