Emeritus Professor Carol Bacchi

Emeritus Professor Carol Bacchi
 Position Emeritus Professor
 Org Unit Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
 Email carol.bacchi@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5633
 Location Floor/Room 3 17 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background


    Carol Bacchi is Professor Emerita of Politics. She researchers and writes in the fields of feminist political theory, policy theory, mobility studies and citizenship. She is best known for the development of an analytic strategy for policy analysis, called "What's the Problem Represented to be?" (the WPR approach). Bacchi has written a text introducing the approach (Analysing Policy: What's the Problem Represented to be?, Pearson Education, 2009). Examples of application of the approach are available in her most recent book, Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), co-authored with Susan Goodwin.

    A new website provides links to important publications, replies to frequently asked questions about the WPR approach, and a research blog, where Bacchi comments on recent debates and books/articles in the field.

    Go to: https://carolbacchi.com

     

  • Awards & Achievements

    Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Umea, Sweden on 21 October 2017.

  • Research Interests

    Policy theory Feminists' political theories Equality policy, including affirmative/positive action, diversity management, and mainstreaming Public policy and ethics; health policy with a particular focus on health inequalities Drug, alcohol and gambling policy Citizenship theory, focussing on 'difference' and embodiment Global governance and citizenship

    Resources

    What's the Problem Represented to be? (WPR) Workshop and Films

    Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Intervetions and Exchanges edited by Angie Bletsas & Chris Beasley, University of Adelaide Press 2012

  • Publications

     For a full list of publications, please see the attached curriculum vitae. 

    Books
    1.Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice (with Susan Goodwin), Palgrave Macmillan 2016
    2. Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering practices and feminist theory (with Joan Eveline), University of Adelaide Press, 2010. Free download (click here)
    3. Analysing Policy: What's the problem represented to be? Pearson Education 2009.
    4. Fear of Food: A Diary of Mothering. Spinifex, 2003.
    5. (coedited with Paul Nursey-Bray) Left Directions: is there a Third Way? UWA Press, 2001.
    6. Women, Policy and Politics: the construction of policy problems. Sage, 1999.

    Chapters in Books
    1.'Poststructural Interview Analysis: Politicizing Personhood' (with Jennifer Bonham) in Carol Bacchi and Susan Goodwin, Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, Appendix.
    2. 'Strategic interventions and ontological politics: Research as political practice', in A. Bletsa and C. Beasley (eds) Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2012: pp. 141-156.
    3. 'Making politics fleshly: The ethic of social flesh' (with Chris Beasely), in A. Bletsas and C. Beasley (eds) Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press, 2012, pp. 99-120.
    4. 'Approaches to gender mainstreaming: What's the problem represented to be?' (with Joan Eveline) in C. Bacchi and J. Eveline (eds) Mainstreaming Politics:Gendering practices and feminst theory, Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press, 2010, pp. 111-138.
    5. 'Power, resistance and reflexive practice' (with Joan Eveline) in Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering practices and feminist theory, Adelaide, University of Adelaide, 2010, pp. 139-162.
    6. ‘The issue of intentionality in frame theory: The need for reflexive framing' in Emanuela Lombardo, Petra Meier and Mieke Verloo (eds) The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Stretching, Bending and Policymaking, London, Routledge, 2009.

    Journal Articles

    1. 'Drug Problematizations and Politics: Deploying a poststructural analytic strategy', Contemporary Drug Problems, 2017. DOK: 10.1177/009/450917748760.

    2. [with J. Bonham] 'Cycling "subjects" in ongoing-formation: The politics of interviews and interview analysis', The Journal of Sociology, 2017, 53(3): 687-703.
    3.‘Policies as Gendering Practices: Re-Viewing Categorical Distinctions', Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1554477X.2016.1198207
    4.Problematizations in Health Policy: Questioning how "Problems" are Constituted in Policies', Sage Open, April-June 2016: 1-16. DOI: 10.11771/21582440/6653986.
    5.‘Problematizations in alcohol policy: Who's "alcohol problems"', Contemporary Drug Problems, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/0091450915576116
    6.‘The Turn to Problematization: Political implications of contrasting interpretive and poststructural adaptations', Open Journal of Political Science, Vol. 5, 2015, pp. 1-12.
    7. 'Reclaiming discursive practices as an analytic focus: Political implications' (with Jennifer Bonham) Foucault Studies, Vol 17, pp. 173-182.
    8. 'Feminist Discursive Institutionalism - a Poststructural Alternative' (with Malin Ronnblom) NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Vol 22, No 3, pp. 170-186.
    9. 'Why Study Problematizations? Making Politics Visible', Open Journal of Political Science, Vol 2, No 1, pp. 1-8.
    10. ‘Challenging the Displacement of Affirmative Action by Gender Mainstreaming', Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Vol 15, No. 4, December 2009.
    11. ‘Gender Mainstreaming or Diversity Mainstreaming? The Politics of "Doing"' (with Joan Eveline), NORA-Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Vol 17, No 1, 2009, pp. 3-18.
    12. ‘The Politics of Research Management: reflections on the gap between what we "know" [about SDH] and what we do', Health Sociology Review, Vol 17, No 2, 2008, pp. 165-176.
    13. [with Chris Beasley] 'The Limits of Trust and Respect: Rethinking Dependency', Social Alternatives, Vol 24, No 4, 2005, pp. 55-60
    14. [with Joan Eveline] 'What are we mainstreaming when we mainstream gender?', International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 7, No. 4, December 2005.

    ABOUT BACCHI'S WORK:

    Bletsas, A. and Beasley, C. (Eds.) (2012) Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press. Available as free download.

     

    SOLE-AUTHORED BOOKS:

    Bacchi, C. (2009). Analysing Policy: What's the problem represented to be? Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest.

    Bacchi, C. (2003). Fear of Food: A Diary of Mothering, Melbourne, Spinifex.

    Bacchi, C. (1999). Women, Policy and Politics: the construction of policy problems, London, Sage.

    Extracted in Krook, M. L. & Childs, S. (Eds.) (2010). Women, Gender and Politics: A Reader, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 263-267.

    Bacchi, C. (1996). The Politics of Affirmative Action: 'Women', Equality and Category Politics. London: Sage.

    Bacchi, C. (1990). Same Difference: Feminism and Sexual Difference. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

    Bacchi, C. (1983). Liberation Deferred? The Ideas of the English-Canadian Suffragists, 1877-1918. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Reprinted 1986, 1989.

     

    JOINT-AUTHORED BOOK

    Bacchi, C. & Goodwin, S. (2016). Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

     

    CO-EDITED BOOKS

    Bacchi, C. & Eveline, J. (Eds.) (2010). Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press. Available as a free download.

    Nursey-Bray, P. & Bacchi, C. (Eds). (2001). Left Directions: Is There a Third Way? Perth: University of Western Australia Press.

     

    CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

    Bacchi, C. & Bonham, J. (2016). Poststructural Interview Analysis: Politicizing "personhood". In C. Bacchi & S. Goodwin, Poststructural policy analysis: A guide to practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 113-121.

    Bonham, J., Bacchi, C. & Wanner, T. (2015). Gender and Cycling: Gendering cycling subjects and forming bikes, practices and spaces as gendered objects. In J. Bonham & M. Johnson (Eds.), Cycling Futures. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 179-202. Book available as free download.

    Bacchi, C. (2012). Strategic interventions and ontological politics: Research as political practice. In A. Bletsas and C. Beasley (Eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 141-56.

    Beasley, C. & Bacchi, C. (2012). Making politics fleshly: The ethic of social flesh (with Chris Beasley). In A. Bletsas & C. Beasley (Eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 141-56.

    Bacchi, C. & Eveline, J. (2010). Approaches to gender mainstreaming: what's the problem represented to be? In C. Bacchi & J. Eveline (Eds.), Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 111-138.

    Eveline, J. & Bacchi, C. (2010). Power, Resistance and Reflexive Practice. In C. Bacchi & J. Eveline (Eds.), Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 139-162.

    Bacchi, C., Mackenzie, C. & Osborne, K. (2010). University-public sector research collaboration: mine the space, never mind the gap. In C. Bacchi & J. Eveline (Eds.), Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 263-282.

    Bacchi, C. (2009). The issue of intentionality in frame theory: The need for reflexive framing. In E. Lombardo, P. Meier & Verloo, M. (Eds.), The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Stretching, Bending and Policymaking. London: Routledge, pp. 19-35.

    Bacchi, C. (2006). Arguing for and against quotas: theoretical issues. In D. Dahlerup (Ed.), Gender Quotas in Politics-a Key to Equality? New York: Routledge, pp. 32-52.

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