British Journal of Canadian Studies

Feelingful development: redefining policy through interpretation

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2012), 25, (2), 267–286.

Abstract

This article initiates the concept of feelingful development, an idea which has emerged from our work on economic and community-based development in Atlantic Canada and Northern Ireland. The concept has evolved in parallel with the work of social and human scientists including Bevir and Rhodes (2008 and 2010), who have adopted an alternative, interpretive and decentred approach to the study of modern governance. The article will begin by outlining some of the thinking on interpretive approaches to public policy. It will offer our contribution by way of exploring what insights the literature of regional novelists in Atlantic Canada and Northern Ireland might add to pushing out the boundaries of this research. It will close by contemplating possible future research agendas on adaptation of policy and exploring whether Sen's (1999) capability approach might in future be cast within the governance literature to generate novel ideas on the interpretive evaluation of public policy and local development initiatives.

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Cassin, Marguerite