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‘Policy experiments’: policy making, implementation and learning

Steve Cropper and Mark Goodwin

in Community health and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348180
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348180.003.0002
‘Policy experiments’: policy making, implementation and learning

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This chapter considers the nature of public policy and the ways in which health policy is made in Great Britain. It examines attempts to improve policy making and its effectiveness, particularly against a challenging agenda of revitalisation of welfare and public service. The chapter also evaluates how the Sustainable Health Action Research Programme (SHARP) could be established as both an action and a research programme against the emergence of health and health inequalities as public policy concerns. It contends that policy requires legitimacy other than governmental authority if it is to be carried through.

Keywords: public policy; health policy; Great Britain; welfare; public service; SHARP; health inequalities; legitimacy

Chapter.  9467 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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