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Policy reconsideredMeanings, politics and practices$
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Susan M. Hodgson and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349132

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349132.001.0001

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Policy and its exploration

Policy and its exploration

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(p.1) one Policy and its exploration
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Policy reconsidered
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Susan M. Hodgson

Zoë Irving

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349132.003.0001

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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