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Rethinking policy and politicsReflections on contemporary debates in policy studies$
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Sarah Ayres

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319467

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319467.001.0001

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Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy Studies

Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy Studies

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(p.231) Chapter Eleven Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy Studies
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Rethinking policy and politics
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Sarah Ayres

Alex Marsh

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447319467.003.0011

This article offers reflections on contemporary debates in policy studies. It starts by mapping the contours of the terrain covered by Policy & Politics over the last 40 years. It does so under four headings: (1) theorising policy (2) evidence and the policy process (3) transforming structures and processes and (4) implementation and practice. It then uses these headings to draw out themes from the articles comprising this 40th anniversary special issue. We conclude by arguing for greater tolerance of diversity in theoretical and empirical enquiry and for continued reflection on the foundational assumptions of the field of policy studies.

Keywords:   evaluation, evidence, governance, implementation, policy analysis, policy studies

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