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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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Studying policy: a way forward

Studying policy: a way forward

(p.191) eleven Studying policy: a way forward
Policy reconsidered

Susan M. Hodgson

Zoë Irving

Policy Press

This chapter synthesises the standpoints and conclusions which foreground recurrent themes and overarching ideas in order to assess the implications of this critical exploration of policy for future policy studies which problematises territories and boundaries, revisits the ‘how’ of policy making, and emerges from a changing world. It also discusses the implications for the teaching of ‘policy’ and the training of social researchers, including welfare professionals, as they are important keys to ensuring the future of critical policy thinkers. Discussions in this chapter include: what counts as a social policy?; the changing knowledge and evidence on the contexts and processes of policy; the methodological issues and instruments concerning policy; the place of values in research and policy; and the emergence of inherent circularity implied by the generation of knowledge to inform policy, policy outputs, policy evaluation, and further calls for knowledge and evidence.

Keywords:   policy studies, policy making, policy, social policy, values, research, circularity

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