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Policy Dismantling: An Introduction

Andrew Jordan, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and John Turnpenny

in Dismantling Public Policy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656646
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746000 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656646.003.0001
Policy Dismantling: An Introduction

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Policy dismantling has been studied from several perspectives, with analysts sitting at separate tables and employing different concepts. This first chapter sets out to overcome this fragmentation and develop a more comparative approach. For this purpose, it first explores the evolution of academic work on dismantling from its origins in the early 1970s, through to the more recent focus on deregulation and retrenchment. It then identifies a number of important analytical elements that have arisen in these fields and begins to explore how they could be combined into a new analytical framework. These are political preferences, opportunity structures, dismantling strategies, and dismantling effects. The final section draws all this material together, identifies the main research questions, and outlines the rest of the book.

Keywords: policy dismantling; policy termination; deregulation; retrenchment; social policy; environmental policy

Chapter.  11847 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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