This page includes recent recordings of talks, a video workshop on WPR, and overviews of helpful books and articles/chapters.


“Problem-solving as a governing knowledge: “Skills”-testing in PISA and PIAAC”,

Open Journal of Political Science 2020, 10, 82-105.

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  1. The following link is to a recording of a conference presentation by Bacchi at the Contemporary Drug Problems: Making alcohol and other drug realities Conference, Helsinki, 23-25 August, 2017. The presentation is entitled: “Deploying a poststructural analytic strategy: Political implications”. See:
  2. The revised version of this address is now available in Contemporary Drug Problems, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/009/450917748760
  3. See [] for four workshop videos introducing WPR, produced by the University of Adelaide Faculty of Arts in 2014.
  4. List of publications (Bacchi Publications 2019).


  1. Bacchi’s 2009 book, Analysing Policy: What’s the problem represented to be? (Frenchs Forest, Pearson Education), is designed as a textbook, guiding readers through the steps in a WPR analysis.
  2. In 2016 Bacchi and Susan Goodwin co-authored Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice (New York, Palgrave Macmillan), which expands upon the theory underpinning WPR and provides examples of application. These examples cover topics as diverse as obesity, economic policy, migration, transport policy, drug and alcohol policy, and gender equality. They come from scholars researching in Scandinavia, Canada, the UK, the USA, Germany and Australia, and on international organizations including the World Bank, the ILO and the World Health Organization. Bacchi and Goodwin’s 2016 book contains an Appendix, co-authored with Jennifer Bonham, which introduces Poststructural Interview Analysis [].
  3. Bacchi has written a three-page summary of WPR, entitled “Introducing the ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be?’ approach”. It appears in A. Bletsas and C. Beasley (Eds.) Engaging with Carol Bacchi: Strategic Interventions and Exchanges, Adelaide, University of Adelaide Press (2012, pp. 21-24). This book is available as a free download from the University of Adelaide Press website [].

ARTICLES: Bacchi has written several articles, available as open access, which provide useful background on WPR and which show how to apply it.

“Why study problematizations? Making politics visible. Open Journal of Political Science, 2012, 2(1): 1-8. [Bacchi Why study problematizations?]

“The Turn to Problematization: Political implications of contrasting interpretive and poststructural adaptations”, 2015, Open Journal of Political Science, 5: 1-12. [Bacchi The Turn to Problematization]

“Problematizations in Health Policy: Questioning how ‘Problems’ are Constituted in Policies”, 2016, Sage Open, April-June: 1-16. DOI: 10.11771/21582440/6653986. [Bacchi Problematizations Health Policy]