Policy learning from case studies in health policy: taking forward the debate

Mark Exworthy and Stephen Peckham

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI:
Policy learning from case studies in health policy: taking forward the debate

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The first aim of this chapter is to trace the inter-connections between case studies and policy learning in the context of health policy. It poses a series of questions concerning how the learning from case studies can and is translated into policy and practice. How do policy makers or practitioners learn from case studies? How and what did they learn from previous efforts or from elsewhere? How did they accommodate the learning from these lessons into their day-to-day routines and practice? The second aim focuses on methodology. It explores the ways in which the case study, as an approach to policy research, provides a useful methodological approach — both in terms of understanding policy but also providing policy learning. It is perhaps useful to ask, therefore, whether there is something intrinsically useful in a case-study approach to policy analysis that supports policy learning? Learning from the past is an important aspect of analysis for and of policy.

Keywords: health policy; policy learning; policy transfer; path dependence

Chapter.  6623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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