Understanding Policy Work

Hal Colebatch, Robert Hoppe, Mirko Noordegraaf

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Abstract

‘Policy’ has become one of the central ways in how we talk about government, presenting the process of government as a pattern of systematic action oriented to particular collective concerns. It is a central concept in a narrative of governing in authoritative and instrumental terms: Governments recognize problems and make decisions to bring public authority and resources to bear upon these problems, with ‘policy’ as the expression of these decisions. As we will see, this perspective embodies questions and puzzles for both practitioners and observers, but it occupies centre stage, constituting a framework within which policy concerns are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking for Policy
EditorsHal K. Colebatch, Robert Hoppe, Mirko Noordegraaf
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Pages11-26
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-4851-308-6
ISBN (Print)978-90-8964-253-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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