Governing through problems: public policies as discursive practices

By: Dixit, AnukritiMaterial type: Computer fileComputer filePublication details: Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 2022Description: 469p. Includes bibliographical references, AnnexureSubject(s): Workplaces | Public policiesDDC classification: TH 2022-3 Online resources: eThesis Summary: Policies produce ‘problems’ in specific ways (Bacchi, 2009). Following this logic, policies are regarded as an attempt to bring together ‘rules’ for the ‘solving’ of ‘problems’ that occur with respect to specifically defined ‘subjects’ and ‘objects’ (Bacchi & Goodwin, 2016). The present study, engages the exploration of how 'problems' are constituted or brought into being, an approach known as problematization (Bacchi, 2009). I investigate how 'problems', as articulated within India's anti-Sexual Harassment at Workplaces (SHW) policies, have come to be in their present form. The analysis produces insights for both anti-SHW and other prevention, arbitration and redressal based policies. I engage with the concept of unequal responsibility, and unequal epistemic burdens (Fricker, 2017) that members of certain genders, sexual orientations and castes - are in principle confronting - within the legal/ policy apparatus of anti-SHW.
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Professor Ankur Sarin [Chairperson]
Professor Rama Mohan Turaga [Member]
Professor Patricia Purtschert [Member]

Policies produce ‘problems’ in specific ways (Bacchi, 2009). Following this logic, policies are regarded as an attempt to bring together ‘rules’ for the ‘solving’ of ‘problems’ that occur with respect to specifically defined ‘subjects’ and ‘objects’ (Bacchi & Goodwin, 2016). The present study, engages the exploration of how 'problems' are constituted or brought into being, an approach known as problematization (Bacchi, 2009). I investigate how 'problems', as articulated within India's anti-Sexual Harassment at Workplaces (SHW) policies, have come to be in their present form. The analysis produces insights for both anti-SHW and other prevention, arbitration and redressal based policies. I engage with the concept of unequal responsibility, and unequal epistemic burdens (Fricker, 2017) that members of certain genders, sexual orientations and castes - are in principle confronting - within the legal/ policy apparatus of anti-SHW.

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