Policy Sciences

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 141–161

Regulation is evil: An application of narrative policy analysis to regulatory debate in New Zealand

  • Todd Bridgman
  • David Barry

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016139804995

Cite this article as:
Bridgman, T. & Barry, D. Policy Sciences (2002) 35: 141. doi:10.1023/A:1016139804995


Using findings from research on the implementation of telephone number portability in New Zealand, we demonstrate how narrative analysis can account for how particular influence stories, or policy narratives, come to dominate the policy process. In this paper, we extend the concept of metanarrative, which to date has been interpreted as a story that policy makers use to recast policy problems. Policy metanarratives are shown to have strong pre-figurative effects and to be more pervasive than previously recognised.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd Bridgman
    • 1
  • David Barry
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business and Economics University of AucklandAuckland 1ew Zealand

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