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Designing Public Policy For Co-ProductionTheory, practice and change$
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Catherine Durose and Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316695

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316695.001.0001

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Possibilities for policy design

Possibilities for policy design

(p.11) Chapter One Possibilities for policy design
Designing Public Policy For Co-Production

Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

Policy Press

Chapter One develops heuristics to encourage lateral thinking about policy design. By using heuristics, we are able to both understand how policy design works, but also to generate alternative designs. The chapters turns to focus on power, often a hidden struggle in policy design, but which fundamentally informs and shapes the vision–the valued outcomes pursued–and the grammar–the activities used in this pursuit. To bring this hidden element out into the debate, the heuristic is developed further by setting out the contrasting ways in which power is interpreted in policy design. Viewing power as a zero sum resource held by one body over another or as positive-sum resource generated in relationships between people, which can be used in a non-coercive way for mutual benefit, lets us consider the implications which differing interpretations of power have for policy design. These different interpretations are then used to inform a discussion on the feasibility and desirability of alternative policy designs.

Keywords:   policy design, design thinking, power, heuristics

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