History, institutions, and selectivities in historical-materialist policy analysis: A sympathetic critique of Brand's State, context and Correspondence

Leubolt, Bernhard (2014) History, institutions, and selectivities in historical-materialist policy analysis: A sympathetic critique of Brand's State, context and Correspondence. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ÖZP), 43 (3). pp. 309-318. ISSN 2313-5433

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This contribution shares Ulrich Brand's reliance on critical theories of the state and hegemony. Based on three points of criti-cism, the author argues for a better elaboration of the context of policy making. First, he proposes to consider a broader range of theoretical currents than the interpretive accounts introduced by Brand: (1) A strategic-relational interpretation of historical institutionalism will be introduced, (2) featuring the concept of "periodisation" for a systematic understanding of historically evolving structures. In addition to the introduction of a broader range of theoretical currents, (3) Brand's proposed concept of "selectivities" will be further refined and specified to be better able to grasp the workings of the "institutional condensation of the correlation of forces" in the policy cycle. The proposed conceptualisation of historical-materialist policy analysis will be exemplified by a short stylised example of research on equalityoriented policies in South Africa. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article
Keywords: selectivities / historical materialism / institutionalism / state theory
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 17:03
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2020 15:46
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