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Discovering Policy Studies: Narrative Policy Framework - JSB589
Title: Discovering Policy Studies: Narrative Policy Framework
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: both
E-Credits: 4
Hours per week, examination: 1/1, MC [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (8)
summer:unknown / unknown (8)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English, Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information: http://konzultace: termíny na přihlášení na:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.
Examination dates   Schedule   Noticeboard   
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)
Narratives – or stories - play an important role in the way actors think and decide about public policy. The Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) is a framework that offers a systematic approach to understanding the role of narratives in the policy process s. The NPF workshop is led by Dr. Caroline Schlaufer (University of Bern), an experienced NPF scholar, and Vilém Novotný (KVSP ISS UK FSV) and it take place on Monday, April 24, 2023 (THE DATE MIGHT CHANGE) 9.20-18.20.
The workshop is dedicated to all BA students who are interested in policy process research. It focuses on empirical applications of the NPF and allows students to formulate research designs and implement own empirical research.
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)

NPF theoretical text:

Shanahan, Elizabeth, Jones, Michael D., McBeth, Mark K. & Radaelli, Claudio (2018). The Narrative Policy Framework. In Weible, Christopher & Sabatier, Paul A. (eds.). Theories of the Policy Process : Theoretical Lenses on Public Policy. 4. vydání. Boulder, Col. and Oxford : Westview Press,  s. 173-215.


NPF methodological text:

Shanahan, Elizabeth A., Jones, Michael D., McBeth, Mark K. (2018). How to conduct a Narrative Policy Framework study. Social Science Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, s. 332-345, DOI:


NPF metareview:

Schlaufer, Caroline, Kuenzler, Johanna, Jones, Michael D. & Shanahan, Elizabeth A. 2022). The Narrative Policy Framework: A Traveler’s Guide to Policy Stories. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Vol. 63, s. 249–273.


NPF case study:

Schlaufer, C., Gafurova, D., Zhiryakova, E., Shikhova, M., & Belyaeva, N. (2021). Narrative strategies in a nondemocratic setting: Moscow’s urban policy debates. Policy Studies Journal. Advance online publication.

All texts and further readings are available to students in the SIS (see files here).


Further readings can be recommended by teachers.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)

The credits will be granted after fulfilling following conditions (plagiarism and other misconducts against academic and/or good manners will prevent passing the course):
1) Active participation in discussion 25 %
2) Attendance (100 % - it is just a one day workshop)
3) Critical summaries of 3 texts (á 1-2 pages) 25 %
4) Elaboration of an assigned task and its presentation (cca 15 min.) 50 %

Grading Scale (max. 100 points)
A         91-100 points
B         81-90 points
C         71-80 points
D         61-70 points
E         51-60 points
F          till 50 points

Entry requirements
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)

The workshop is open to all BA students interested in the policy process research. Previous knowledge of the policy process is advantage.
Working language is English.

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