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Understanding the Policy Process By John Hudson

Understanding the Policy Process

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This book draws on social science to explain how and why policy change occurs. Focusing on the policy making process as the key to change, it uses core concepts of policy analysis, one in each chapter, to build up a fully worked explanation of policy change.

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Understanding the Policy Process: Analysing Welfare Policy and Practice by John Hudson

The post-industrial, twenty first century welfare state is very different from its predecessors. The heart of the Beveridge welfare state is under severe pressure as forces such as globalisation and technological progress call into question established beliefs about what governments can and should do. This book draws on the latest and best social science to explain how and why such policy change occurs. The book focuses on the policy making process as the key to change. It uses core concepts of policy analysis, one in each chapter, to build up a fully worked explanation of policy change and to equip readers with knowledge that can be applied to any aspect of welfare policy and public and social policy more generally. Understanding the policy process: introduces the main themes of the policy analysis literature; demonstrates the centrality of the policy making process to an understanding of the operational possibilities and limits of social policy; takes account of macro-, meso- and micro-level approaches to social policy analysis; uses clear explanations of key concepts, up-to-date illustrative case studies and examples to increase students' understanding of the theory and practice of policy analysis; is comparative in approach. This highly informative text is aimed at students of applied social science courses, their teachers, and those in social policy and politics departments in particular. Students who read it will understand the policy process more clearly, not just in theory but also in practice.

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Understanding the Policy Process Reviews


"Hudson and Lowe's book provides an excellent review of the issues about the policy process in a changing society and a changing world, with a strong emphasis on the communications aspect of the globalism argument." Michael Hill, Visiting Professor in the Health and Social Policy Research Centre, University of Brighton "Unlike many other texts on the topic of policy making, this one manages to make the subject lively, accessible and easy to understand." Robert Sykes, School of Social Science and Law, Sheffield Hallam University

About John Hudson


John Hudson and Stuart Lowe are both political scientists who teach and research in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York. Dr Hudson is especially concerned with the impact of new information technologies on social policies. Dr Lowe's applied field of study centres on housing policy.

Table of Contents


Introduction: what is policy analysis?; Part One: Macro-level analysis: Globalisation; Political economy; Changing world of work; Technological change; Governance; Part Two: Meso-level analysis: Structures of power; Policy networks; Institutions; Policy transfer; Part Three: Micro-level analysis: Decision making; Implementation and delivery; Evaluation and evidence; Conclusions.

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GOR002496799
Understanding the Policy Process: Analysing Welfare Policy and Practice by John Hudson
John Hudson
Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice Series
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Policy Press
2004-06-23
288
1861345402
9781861345400
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