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Studying policy: a way forward

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/9781861349132.003.0011
Studying policy: a way forward

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This chapter synthesises the standpoints and conclusions which foreground recurrent themes and overarching ideas in order to assess the implications of this critical exploration of policy for future policy studies which problematises territories and boundaries, revisits the ‘how’ of policy making, and emerges from a changing world. It also discusses the implications for the teaching of ‘policy’ and the training of social researchers, including welfare professionals, as they are important keys to ensuring the future of critical policy thinkers. Discussions in this chapter include: what counts as a social policy?; the changing knowledge and evidence on the contexts and processes of policy; the methodological issues and instruments concerning policy; the place of values in research and policy; and the emergence of inherent circularity implied by the generation of knowledge to inform policy, policy outputs, policy evaluation, and further calls for knowledge and evidence.

Keywords: policy studies; policy making; policy; social policy; values; research; circularity

Chapter.  6958 words. 

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