Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy: Understanding the NPF in Public policy research

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D Student of Public Policy, Faculty of Humanities and Law, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Political Science Department, Faculty of Humanities and Law, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran


Ever since the characteristic difference between natural and social science was distinguished, the understanding and usage of research methods which suits the research question best, became a major topic in Methodology. The field of Public Policy Studies witnessed the same encounter. Some researcher influenced by the ongoing debate between positivism and post-positivism ideas, introduced the “Narrative policy framework”. The NPF relies mainly on the assumption that the social reality is constructed by Narratives. The NPF which less than 10 years have passed since its publication will be discussed in this paper so the researchers will find his way with the theoretical and scientific dimension of the framework. In this regard following the theoretical explanation, the necessarily steps for operating a research with NPF will also be demonstrated.


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