‘Subversion’ and the analysis of public policy

David Prior and Marian Barnes

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI:
‘Subversion’ and the analysis of public policy

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This chapter reflects more precisely on what the different studies of this book have to say about ‘what’ is being subverted, ‘where’ subversive practices take place, and ‘how’ subversion happens. It offers some conclusions about what the different perspectives adopted by the contributors to this collection can offer to an understanding of this aspect of the policy process. The studies show how both officials and citizens are actively engaged in a process of working out what is ‘the right thing to do’ in particular contexts, drawing on both professional and personal identities and values and personal and professional identifications and experiences, and assessing the possibilities and limitations of the institutional context in which they are operating.

Keywords: public services; public policies; subversion; service delivery; professional identity

Chapter.  6606 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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