The complexity and distinctiveness of policy discourse bring a need for methods and advice in both specifying and assessing policy arguments. The paper reviews, links and systematizes work in three areas: (1) general advice from 'informal logic' on the exploration and analysis of sets of propositions that make up broad arguments; (2) commentaries on important elements and tactics in policy argumentation in particular, with special attention to aspects of 'framing'; and (3) proposed methods to specify and appraise whole positions in policy argument, including the 'logical framework approach' and Fischer's Logic of Policy Questions

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09578819608426652, hdl.handle.net/1765/50695
Series ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development
Journal The European Journal of Development Research
Note Also published as a Chapter of: 'Arguing Development Policy - Frames And Discourses', eds. R. Apthorpe and D. Gasper, London: Frank Cass, 1996
Gasper, D.R. (1996). Analysing Policy Arguments. The European Journal of Development Research, 8(1), 36–62. doi:10.1080/09578819608426652