While traditional policy perspectives view analysis as objective, rational, and as a method for arriving at policy decisions, [Critical Policy Analysis] accepts the value-laden nature of policy and emphasizes inequity and social power in understanding policy (Ball, 1993). Critical analysis is concerned with social and historic contexts and seeks to uncover, dismantle, or deconstruct oppressive political and social structures. Our application of [Critical Policy Analysis] utilizes the theoretical underpinnings of [Critical Race Theory] to critique and dismantle some of the normative and traditional understandings about our everyday world.
From Erin Atwood and Gerardo R. Lopez, “Let’s be critically honest: towards a messier counterstory in critical race theory,” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 27, no. 9 (2014): 1138.