The Use of Deconstruction in Public Policy Formation

3977 WordsJun 20, 201816 Pages
Deconstruction is a poststructural theory that has been applied with good results to such areas as Anthropology, Architecture, Critical Legal Studies, Graphic Design, and Literary Criticism. Our purpose is to introduce it into the practice of consulting in general, and public policy formation in particular. Several features of the recent work of Jacques Derrida (the Philosopher responsible for deconstruction) are relevant to our design of a Problem Tour. Problem A deconstructive approach to problem solving puts in question the concept of "problem" and the notion of "solution." "Problema can signify projection or protection, that which one poses or throws in front of oneself, either as the projection of a project, of a task to…show more content…
A tension between problem and aporia is produced by refusing the dialectical, analytical loosening of the bonds of contradiction, and instead intensifying and multiplying them. "Method" is the passage, way, or path (odos, methodos, Weg) from problem to solution. Instead, the point is to experience the difficulty itself as such. "The question of knowing what it means 'to experience the aporia,' indeed to put into operation the aporia, remains. It is not necessarily a failure or a simple paralysis, but sterile negativity of the impasse. It is neither stopping at it nor overcoming it. (When someone suggests to you a solution for escaping an impasse, you can be almost sure that he is ceasing to understand, assuming that he had understood anything up to that point. Let us ask: what takes place, what comes to pass with the aporia? Is it possible to undergo or to experience the aporia, the aporia as such? Is it then a question of the aporia as such? Of a scandal arising to suspend a certain viability? Does one then pass through this aporia? Or is one immobilized before the threshold, to the point of having to turn around and seek out another way, the way without
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