School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Listed below are forthcoming events either hosted by the School of Accounting and Commercial Law (SACL) or the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CAGTR) or the Chair in Public Finance.

Why study problematisations? Introducing a 'What's the Problem Represented to be?' (WPR) approach - Emeritus Professor Carol Bacchi (The University of Adelaide)

Date: 4 March 2016

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: RWW129

The seminar aims to disrupt the privileged place accorded ‘problems’ in public policy and in social and political analysis generally. It offers a way to reflect on how ‘problems’ are constituted, or brought into existence as particular sorts of problems, within policies and policy proposals. The goal is to open up governing practices to critical scrutiny by interrogating the problematizations in policies, programs and other governmental technologies, including ‘counting’ technologies. To this end Bacchi introduces an analytic strategy called ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be?’ (or WPR approach).

The WPR approach involves seven interrelated forms of questioning and analysis. It consists of six questions and an undertaking to apply those questions to one’s own proposals or proposed solutions. Originally developed for policy analysis, the approach is being applied across a range of disciplines and in relation to a wide array of topics, including childhood obesity, violence against women, child care, social inclusion, drug and alcohol use, immigration policy, transport policy and parental leave policy (among many others). Participants will be invited to reflect on the possible usefulness of the approach in their particular field or area of interest.

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