Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349132 Published November 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349125 Published November 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Policy Reconsidered

Meanings, Politics and Practices

Edited by Susan M. Hodgson and Zoë Irving

Policy Reconsidered
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Edited by Susan M. Hodgson and Zoë Irving

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 1/4
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349132 Published November 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349125 Published November 2007 For sale in North and South America only
The idea of policy is ripe for critical reappraisal. Whilst the context for policy making changes constantly, multiple questions endure, such as how policy is conceived and why; what is taken for granted and what gets problematised; and how policy should be informed, analysed and understood.This book identifies key topics within the policy arena and subjects them to theoretical and practical analysis. It explores the meaning and framing of policy, and examines its practice from the micro- to the supra-national levels, using illustrative case studies to demonstrate how policy is contested, shaped and accounted for. Given the significance of policy as a means to organise and direct social, economic and political life, this book presents the case for a critical restatement of its origins, development and form - without which we risk being caught up in a cycle of change without understanding why or how.The book presents a productive encounter between the three themes of meanings, politics and practices, themes normally not brought together in a single text. It emphasizes the multiplicity of perspectives that can be directed towards understanding the policy world, opening up new ground as well as visiting anew some familiar terrain. Targeted at upper undergraduate and postgraduate students and their teachers, it will also be of interest to researchers and policy actors wanting insight to their project.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Notes on the contributors

1. Policy and its explorations
      Susan M. Hodgson and Zoë Irving
Part One: Meanings
Introduction
2. The meaning of policy/policy as meaning
      Richard Jenkins
3. Policy and ‘the good society’
      David Phillips
4. Categorising and policy making
      Joanne Britton
Part Two: Politics
Introduction
5. Language, politics and values
      Marilyn Gregory
6. Business, power, policy and politics
      Kevin Farnsworth
7. (Social) Policy and politics at the international level
      Bob Deacon
Part Three: Practices
Introduction
8. Ethics, research and policy
      Malcolm Cowburn
9. User involvement
      Kathy Boxall, Lorna Warren and Ruby C. M. Chau
10. Policies as translations: situating transnational social policies
      Noémi Lendvai and Paul Stubbs
11. Studying policy: a way forward
      Susan M. Hodgson and Zoë Irving

References
Index
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