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Reconsidering PolicyComplexity, Governance and the State$
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Kate Crowley, Jenny Stewart, Adrian Kay, and Brian Head

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333111

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333111.001.0001

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Reconsidering policy – our agenda

Reconsidering policy – our agenda

(p.1) 1 Reconsidering policy – our agenda
Reconsidering Policy

Kate Crowley

Jenny Stewart

Adrian Kay

Brian W. Head

Policy Press

Policy studies are in a rut. Just as politics in both the global and domestic spheres have been taking more partisan forms, policy studies itself has become more inward looking, and less interested in politics and practice than in the past. The authors suggest that making public policy relevant again, requires an understanding, not just of policy development and selected policy-related themes, but a broader engagement with structure, process and system: as a way of depicting not just the formation of policy, but also its modes of action in the world. Doing this involves building on earlier iterations of policy thought and relating them, not only to the complexity of current policy problems, but also to the immense technological and political changes that have occurred in the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   policy studies, complexity, policy development, policy development, policy and practice

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