Understanding the policy process

Analysing welfare policy and practice

By John Hudson, Stuart Lowe and Dan Horsfall

Understanding the policy process
Now in its third edition, this bestselling textbook is fully updated to take account of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, drawing on the latest and best social science to explain how and why policy change occurs.
Focusing on the policy making process as the key to change, and using core concepts of policy analysis in each chapter, it builds up a fully worked explanation of policy change that can be applied to any aspect of welfare policy, public and social policy more generally.
It will be a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academic researchers, in Social policy, Political science, Applied social science and Public management.
John Hudson is Professor of Social Policy at the University of York, where Stuart Lowe is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Dan Horsfall is Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy. Together the authors have extensive experience of teaching and researching across a wide range of social policy fields.
Introduction: what is policy analysis?;
Part I: Macro-Level Analysis;
Globalisation;
The Informational Network Society;
Political Economy;
New Social Risks;
Part II: Meso-Level Analysis;
Governance;
Structures of Power & Policy Networks;
Path Dependency: The Often Longue Durée of Policy;
The Institutions of Government;
Policy Transfer Networks;
Part III: Micro-Level Analysis;
Street Level Bureaucrats;
Decision Making, Leadership & Personality;
Policy Makers and Policy Learning;
Conclusions.

"I think it is the best book of its kind available for students, and I would not hesitate to recommend it." Ian Greener in Journal of Social Policy

"An excellent overview - clear and well-written" Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, University of Sussex

"This is an exciting and innovative textbook on welfare policy making... introducing students of social policy to a wealth of perspectives and literature not often brought together in an introductory book... an outstanding text." British Journal of Social Work, review of 1st edition

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Paperback
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172 x 240
Publication Date
1 Dec 2017
Number of Pages
304
ISBN
978-1447323778
Edition
3
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Dimensions
172 x 240
Publication Date
1 Dec 2017
Number of Pages
304
ISBN
978-1447323792
Edition
3
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172 x 240
Publication Date
1 Dec 2017
Number of Pages
304
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978-1447323785
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3

About the book

Now in its third edition, this bestselling textbook is fully updated to take account of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, drawing on the latest and best social science to explain how and why policy change occurs.
Focusing on the policy making process as the key to change, and using core concepts of policy analysis in each chapter, it builds up a fully worked explanation of policy change that can be applied to any aspect of welfare policy, public and social policy more generally.
It will be a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academic researchers, in Social policy, Political science, Applied social science and Public management.

Content

Introduction: what is policy analysis?;
Part I: Macro-Level Analysis;
Globalisation;
The Informational Network Society;
Political Economy;
New Social Risks;
Part II: Meso-Level Analysis;
Governance;
Structures of Power & Policy Networks;
Path Dependency: The Often Longue Durée of Policy;
The Institutions of Government;
Policy Transfer Networks;
Part III: Micro-Level Analysis;
Street Level Bureaucrats;
Decision Making, Leadership & Personality;
Policy Makers and Policy Learning;
Conclusions.
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