Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

Michael W. Bauer, Andrew Jordan, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Adrienne Héritier

in Dismantling Public Policy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656646
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746000 | DOI:
Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

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This final chapter summarizes what has been learnt about policy dismantling in two different fields of policy—social and environmental. It reminds us of the challenges that had to be overcome in the pursuit of a more comparative approach, chiefly developing definitions, measures, and categorizations that ‘travel’ more easily between the two fields. In doing so, the chapter reveals some of the assumptions underpinning the analysis of policy dismantling. The authors then review the empirical findings, starting with the relatively more tractable category of dismantling effects, then working backwards to the origins of the political preference to dismantle. Against this background, it is asked what can be abstracted from this work to inform a fuller understanding of policy change in general and policy dismantling in particular. The final section offers some broad conclusions and explores the scope for new work in this area.

Keywords: policy dismantling; social policy; environmental policy; dismantling preferences; opportunity structures; dismantling strategies; dismantling effects

Chapter.  10002 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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