This book focuses on airport expansion and aviation as a wicked policy problem to illuminate wider theoretical debates and conceptualisations about policy analysis and social and political theory. It examines the authoritative role of expert commissions in seeking to settle ongoing controversies and discusses the concept of depoliticisation in debates about current and future policy analysis. The authors construct and employ an innovative form of poststructuralist policy analysis, which is used to delineate the rival rhetorical and discursive strategies articulated by the coalitions seeking to shape public policy.
Stephen Griggs is Professor of Public Policy, School of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University.
David Howarth is Professor of Politics, Department of Government at the University of Essex.
Introduction: Problematising the Dilemmas of UK Airport Expansion: Puzzles and Research Strategies
Depoliticisation, Discourse and Policy Hegemony
Governing by Numbers: Fantasies of Forecasting, Predict and Provide, and the Technologies of Government
The Anatomy of an Expert Commission: Howard Davies, Rhetorical Reframing and the Performance of Leadership
Repoliticising Aviation Policy: Law, Planning and Persistent Activism
Extreme Turbulence: Problematisations, Multiple Crises and New Demands
‘What if…?’ A Manifesto for the Green Transformation of Aviation
Conclusion: Staying Grounded