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Policy Making in Britain
An Introduction

Second Edition


© 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Introducing you to the public policy making process in Britain today, this book adopts an empirical approach to the study of policy making by relating theory to actual developments in Britain since the 1980s. It covers:
  • Ideas, Problem Definition, Issues and Agenda-Setting
  • Key Individuals
  • Key Institutions
  • Parliament and Public Policy Implementation
  • The shift from Government to Governance (including marketization, and devolution)
  • The increasing role of the private and voluntary sectors in policy delivery
  • Internationalisation and Europeanization of policies and policy making
  • Evaluation, audits and the New Public Management
Each chapter is enriched by recent real-life case studies and boxes illustrating key arguments, concepts and empirical developments. Taking into account the 2010 election and beyond, the book addresses current issues, developments and debates.

The result is a contemporary and engaging text that will be required reading for all students of British politics, public policy and public administration. 
 
Problem Definition and Policy Agendas
 
Policy Advocates: Political Parties, Think Tanks and Organized Interests
 
The Core Executive, Part One: The Individuals and their Policy Roles
 
The Core Executive, Part Two: The Institutions and the Policy Roles
 
Parliament and Public Policy
 
From Government to Governance
 
The Internationalization of Public Policy
 
Policy Implementation
 
Policy Evaluation

A useful book for students new to policy. Well written and easy to read. Well recommended.

Mrs Ruth Margaret Baxter
Education, University Centre Blackburn
November 2, 2018

Informative and easy to read. Supports students with sociology and social policy units.
Answers a lot of questions regarding how policies inform laws, and how ideas are used to develop policy.

Mrs Rachael Wilson
Education , Tyne Metropolitan College
September 1, 2016

brilliant reading for students to start off the social policy unit.

Mrs Mel Aubrey
Health , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
February 10, 2016

Contemporary material provided in an accessible format.

Not specific enough in relation to educational policy, to be acore reader, but providees keen insights into the wider political and policy making picture to provide a sound base.

Ms Dionne Ross
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
June 25, 2015

Limited sources available for students to cope with

Professor Lisheng Dong
Government Policy and Public Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences
May 28, 2015

A well written book critically discussing topical issues surrounding policy making in the UK.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
April 17, 2015

This is a comprehensive overview of the policy making process in Britain, and is useful as a supplimentary text for students on introductory courses for social policy, as many need a grounding in how policy gets made as much as the details and consequences of the policies themselves

Mr Craig Worrall
Health and Social Care, Coventry University College
March 30, 2015

A good book that will complement the existing text books in a course that explores how crime can be prevented and reduced.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
March 24, 2015

This text provides an accessible and thorough introduction to those new to politics and policy-making. It also helps those with more prior knowledge and interest take their understanding further.
The boxes offer useful and concise summaries for teaching and class discussions.

Ms Jo Bishop
Youth Work and Community Development, School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University
March 10, 2015

If undertaking any kind of policy analysis this book would prove very useful. Makes the 'messy' nature of policy easy to understand by the way it is broken down into key topic areas and examines core subjects such as political ideology and policy agenda.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
January 18, 2015
Key features

New to the Second Edition of Policy Making in Britain:

  • Updated to account for changes in British politics since the 2010 election
  • More of an emphasis on theory
  • More content on devolution and Europe, particularly in the new chapter 7 'The Internationalization of Policy'
  • A chapter on 'Policy Evaluation', covering the role of audits, evidence-based policy making and pilot schemes.
  • Updated to account for changes in British politics since the 2010 election
  • More of an emphasis on theory
  • More content on devolution and Europe, particularly in the new chapter 7 'The Internationalization of Policy'
  • A chapter on 'Policy Evaluation', covering the role of audits, evidence-based policy making and pilot schemes.

Sample Materials & Chapters

The Core Executive, Part One: The Individuals and their Policy Roles


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