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Volume 24, Issue 3


Science, stories and the anti-vaccination movement

Marcela Veselková
  • Institute of Public Policy and Economics, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynské luhy 4, 821 05, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2014-06-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0227-8


This paper discusses the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the use or non-use of expert-based information in policy-making. Special attention is paid to the Narrative Policy Framework introduced by Jones & McBeth in 2010. This theory of the policy process adopts a quantitative, structuralist and positivist approach to the study of policy narratives. The Narrative Policy Framework is useful for the analysis of the use of expert-based information to resolve so-called wicked problems, which are characterized by intense value-based conflict between policy coalitions. The methodological approach of the Narrative Policy Framework is illustrated using the policy issue of mandatory vaccination.

Keywords: narrative policy framework; wicked problems; mandatory vaccination

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Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 3, Pages 287–298, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-014-0227-8.

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