Larrea, M., Arrona, A.
English // Keywords: action research, conflict, deliberative policy analysis, territorial development, governance
This paper focuses on how theoretical work developed in deliberative policy analysis (DPA) can contribute to action research (AR) through a better understanding of the policy world. It is based on a programme in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country (Spain) where action researchers have been collaborating with policymakers since 2009. Our paper shows how concepts like pluralism, agonism and escalation have helped to reframe the approach to conflict in action research for territorial development (ARTD). The aim of the case is not exclusively to demonstrate how this can be done at a micro-level, but also to show the usefulness of further interaction between the fields of DPA and AR, based on this experience.