Emergent publics of alcohol and other drug policymaking
Embargo Lift Date
MetadataShow full item record
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) policy is developed within complex networks of social, economic, and political forces. One of the key ideas informing this development is that of the ‘public’ of AOD problems and policy solutions. To date, however, little scholarly attention has been paid to notions of the public in AOD policymaking. Precisely how are publics articulated by those tasked with policy development and implementation? In this article, we explore this question in detail. We analyze 60 qualitative interviews with Australian and Canadian AOD policymakers and service providers, arguing that publics figure in these interviews as pre-existing groups that must be managed – contained or educated – to allow policy to proceed. Drawing on Michael Warner’s work, we argue that publics should be understood instead as made in policy processes rather than as preceding them, and we conclude by reframing publics as emergent collectivities of interest. In closing, we briefly scrutinize the widely accepted model of good policy development, that of ‘consultation,’ arguing that, if publics are to be understood as emergent, and therefore policy’s opportunities as more open than is often suggested, a different figure – here that of ‘conference’ is tentatively suggested – may be required. © 2016 Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Alfaraj, Naif Faraj Saad (2008)This thesis examines public participation in regional development in Saudi Arabia at the local government level. The main objective of the study examines the current policies and practices of Riyadh Regional Council with ...
Blueprint for a deliberative public forum on biobanking policy: Were theoretical principles achievable in practice?Molster, C.; Maxwell, Susannah; Youngs, L.; Kyne, G.; Hope, F.; Dawkins, Hugh; O'Leary, Peter (2013)Background: Public deliberation is recommended for obtaining citizen input to policy development when policies involve contested ethical dimensions, diverse perspectives on how to trade-off competing public interests ...
Christopher, Joseph E.R. (2009)Over the last two decades a series of spectacular failures in corporate governance has raised concern about good governance of private and public sector organisations. These concerns inevitably extend to the Australian ...