Policy Reconsidered: Meanings, Politics and Practices by Susan M. Hodgson, Zoë Irving

By Susan M. Hodgson, Zoë Irving

The assumption of 'policy' is ripe for severe reappraisal. when the context for coverage making alterations continuously, a number of questions suffer: How is coverage conceived and why? what's taken without any consideration and what will get problematised? How may still coverage be told, analysed and understood? This booklet identifies key subject matters in the coverage enviornment and topics them to sustained theoretical and useful appraisal. It explores the improvement of the which means and language of coverage, and examines its perform from the micro- to the supra-national degrees, utilizing illustrative case reviews to illustrate how coverage is contested, formed and accounted for.Given the importance of coverage as a way to organise and direct social, monetary and political existence, this e-book offers the case for a severe restatement of its origins, improvement and shape - with no which we threat being trapped via bought knowledge, and stuck up in a cycle of switch with no figuring out the 'why' or 'how'. The booklet indicates the profits to be made of utilizing a cross-disciplinary lens to the learn of 'policy', with individuals featuring serious and reflective engagements with the idea and perform of coverage in any respect degrees of political business enterprise and inside a number of contexts. unique at top undergraduate and postgraduate scholars and their academics, it's going to even be of curiosity to coverage actors short of perception to their undertaking.

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In a long historical discussion of the difference between what he calls ‘English’ and ‘continental’ concepts of policy, Heidenheimer (1986), although he ignores the Dutch example, argues that the linguistic differences reflect the very different evolutions of the state in England and in the countries of continental Europe. In the latter, ‘stateness’ is, apparently, more institutionalised. 1 I have drawn upon the second edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, updated to 2006, available as an electronic database through the University of Sheffield Library.

1. His thesis is that all three are necessary for democracy, and that their interaction and the tensions between them provide the space within which the ‘democratic dialectic’ takes place. Bernard identifies strengths and weaknesses, problems and distortions, both in relation to individual points on the triangle and to the three sets of pairings between them. 1: Amended version of Bernard’s democratic dialectic POLARISATION AND DISLOCATION libert y INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY PLURALIST DEMOCRACY DEMOCRATIC DIALECTIC solidarity equality DEMOCRATIC CENTRALISM COERCION AND UNIFORMITY PRESS-GANGING AND DOMINATION Reprinted and amended with permission from Bernard, P.

This is in comparison to the other ex-communist countries which Manning various classifies as disintegrating, in conflict or struggling. 1 Other commentators have suggested more modest refinements of Esping-Andersen’s model. 1, p 46). It would be relatively easy to devote a considerable amount of space to a discussion of the literature on fine-tuning these classifications, and, as seen above, the inclusion of extra dimensions of welfare can change the picture. For the purpose of this chapter, however, it is the broad picture that is most important.

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