Title
Talk as action: exploring discursive dimensions of welfare state reform Talk as action: exploring discursive dimensions of welfare state reform
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management
Volume/pages
2(2010) , p. 377-392
ISSN
1568-1262
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
n many New Public Management reforms a direct and causal one-to-one relationship is assumed between reform and better performance. This article challenges this assumption by specifying reform as ndependent variable. Looking at reform in two comparable welfare states, Belgium and The Netherlands, the discursive aspects of such reform are explored. Reform can be differentiated into reform action and reform talk. Next to measures (action) discourse (talk) seems to be an innate characteristic of reform that may fundamentally help shaping reform results.
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