Journal article

The promises and pitfalls of polysemic ideas: 'One Health' and antimicrobial resistance policy in Australia and the UK

Adam Hannah, Erik Baekkeskov

Policy Sciences: an international journal devoted to the improvement of policy making | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Recent scholarship posits that ambiguous (‘polysemic’) ideas are efective for coalition building between diverse stakeholders: their capacity to be interpreted diferently attracts diferent interests. Hence, in search of political solutions to ‘wicked’ and similarly complex problems, deploying polysemic ideas would be critical to efective policy-making. This paper scopes the policy-making potential of polysemic ideas by examining the impact of an ambiguous concept known as ‘One Health’ on responses to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia and the UK. It ofers two primary arguments. Firstly, polysemic ideas can help mobilise broad attention to complex problems: since One Health became as..

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