The sociology of policy-making in the modern state: Intent and human action

Bessant, J 2008, 'The sociology of policy-making in the modern state: Intent and human action', Journal of Sociology, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 283-300.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The sociology of policy-making in the modern state: Intent and human action
Author(s) Bessant, J
Year 2008
Journal name Journal of Sociology
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 283
End page 300
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract The article asks how we can best understand policy-making processes, and how a sociology of policy-making might proceed. Specific consideration is given to policy intent and how that can be known given the collective nature of policy-making and the assumption that intent is what individuals rather than groups possess. I inquire into various sociologies of social systems and social action as well as liberal humanist ideas about the individual and rational action, asking what they offer for understanding policy intent. The contributions of the post-foundationalists and network theories are also examined in this light. Attention is given to the work of Norbert Elias, and it is argued that his 'personal pronouns as figurational model' in conjunction with discourse analysis provides a basis for developing a sociology of policy-making that acknowledges human agency and the collective and social nature of policy-making.
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Keyword(s) Modern state
policy
human action
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1440783308092885
ISSN 1440-7833
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