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Understanding policy and change: using a political economy analysis framework

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posted on 2022-12-16, 11:53 authored by Brian Andreas, Scott FernieScott Fernie, Andrew Dainty
The gap between the intent and the impact of policy for construction in the UK has been well established both in academic literature and in public discourse, contributing to repeated calls for transformation of the industry. The apparent failure of policy was investigated, taking policy at sector level as the unit of analysis. The objective was to both generate insight into the policy process and to establish a theoretical framework. Anticipating that the use of language, and the conflicting meanings attached to it by individual actors, is critical, an interpretive, abductive, research design was adopted. Twenty semi-structured interviews were carried out with a cross-section of industry actors. Methods of political economy analysis, used in other contexts, were adopted as the starting point for abduction. Analysis revealed flawed assumptions amongst stakeholders regarding the extent of the agency of central government in implementing change across such a heterogeneous and loosely coupled sector. Political economy analysis shows the impact of structural and institutional features on the sector in a systemic and holistic way, providing a template and visual model which supports collaborative and reflexive working, and forming a foundation for further research into policy for construction both in the UK and elsewhere.

Funding

Loughborough University Studentship award

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Construction Management and Economics

Volume

40

Issue

11-12

Pages

865-883

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© the Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2021-12-03

Publication date

2021-12-21

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0144-6193

eISSN

1466-433X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Deposit date: 1 February 2022

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