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Policy and its exploration

Susan M. Hodgson and Zoë Irving

in Policy reconsidered

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349132
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349132.003.0001
Policy and its exploration

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Policy serves as a crucial and practical framework for the expression of political messages and the achievement of social goals. The use of policy as a governmental instrument is significant in the maintenance and continuance of social, political, and economic relationships: 1) between states, states and citizens, providers and users of services; and 2) within states and within organisations. But policy is also a non-governmental construct and practice, as contributions to the ‘policy studies’ literature have argued and explored. This chapter begins with some discussion of intellectual divides as it provides insight into the artificiality of these divisions and is crucial to the understanding of why the exploration of policy provides a vehicle for reconciliation. The chapter also presents an account of the transformations in the policy landscape, which requires the reinspection of established frameworks of understanding and explanation. The chapter also considers the extent to which an altered policy terrain has overlapped with movement in the more abstract realm of knowledge production. Final discussions of this introductory chapter focus on the structure of the book and its role in reconsidering policy.

Keywords: policy; political messages; social goals; policy landscape; knowledge production; economic relationships

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