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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

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

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

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(p.313) Twenty Policy learning from case studies in health policy: taking forward the debate
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Shaping Health Policy
Author(s):

Mark Exworthy

Stephen Peckham

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0020

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

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