Introduction to special issue on modelling policy-making
We live in an age where citizens are beginning to demand greater transparency and accountability of their political leaders. Furthermore, those who govern and decide on policy are beginning to realise the need for new governance models that emphasise deliberative democracy and promote widespread public participation in all phases of the policy-making cycle: (1) agenda setting, (2) policy analysis, (3) lawmaking, (4) implementation, and (5) monitoring. As governments must become more efficient and effective with the resources available, modern information and communications technology (ICT) are being drawn on to address problems of information processing in the phases. One of the key problems is policy content analysis and modelling, particularly the gap between on the one hand policy proposals that are expressed in narrative forms and on the other hand formal models that can be used to systematically represent and reason with the information contained in the proposals.
KeywordsPolicy Language Argumentation Scheme Policy Proposal Deliberative Democracy Narrative Text
The editors gratefully acknowledge the support of the European FP7 IMPACT Project (247228) covering both the workshop organisation and journal preparation. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be taken as representative of the project.