English, Article edition: Policy ethnography and conservative transition from plan to market: The construction of policy rationalities and the “intellectual limitations of leading comrades” Adam Fforde

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  • Policy ethnography and conservative transition from plan to market: The construction of policy rationalities and the “intellectual limitations of leading comrades”
Author
  • Adam Fforde
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  • article
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  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illuminate change processes in Vietnam, China, and the USSR. Design/​methodology/​approach – “Policy ethnography” may be used to examine the emergence of policy rationalities that may or may not be locally feasible. Through the use of a conceptual heuristics to interpret practice, this paper contrasts approaches in the development of “conservative” transition rationalities suited to the shift from plan to market whilst retaining a ruling Communist Party in power. Comparison is made between Vietnam, where a successful “conservative” transition occurred, and a failed policy experiment in the Soviet Union. The discussion extends to China, where, as in the case of Vietnam, a policy-oriented policy rationality of transition may be observed. Findings – Through the use of a conceptual heuristics to interpret practice this paper, contrasts approaches in the development of “conservative” transition rationalities suited to the shift from plan to market whilst retaining a ruling Communist Party in power. Comparison is made between Vietnam, where a successful “conservative” transition occurred, and a failed policy experiment in the Soviet Union. The discussion extends to China, where, as in the case of Vietnam, a policy-oriented policy rationality of transition may be observed. Research limitations/​implications – Further research into the development of conservative policy rationalities in other context is advised. Practical implications – The paper concludes that attaining a successful heuristics amongst policy consumers is likely a necessary condition of a managed conservative transition, and that this heuristics does well to define system changes as a process, rather than a discrete step, in constructing a cognitive basis for policy rationality. Originality/​value – The paper consistently avoids realist arguments about policy, which would suggest judgments as to whether policy is “correct” or “incorrect”, and focuses upon the creation of policy rationalities.
  • Economic reform, Ethnography, Marxist economics, Policy, Transition management
  • RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:36:y:2009:i:6:p:659-678
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  • English
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