Ideas, Policy Change, and the Welfare State

Daniel Wincott

in Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736430
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866106 | DOI:
Ideas, Policy Change, and the Welfare State

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Students of public policy have emphasized the impact of ideas on policy change. This chapter explores this issue by focusing on public early childhood education and care provisions in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It draws attention to the issue of incremental change and the need for a more direct dialogue between policy analysis and institutionalist perspectives on ideas. It shows that ideational analysis can make a strong contribution to the analysis of policy making and concrete forms of policy development.

Keywords: public policy; policy development; early childhood education; Australia; United Kingdom; United States; ideational analysis

Chapter.  10607 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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