Making Social Policy by Peter Levin

MAKING SOCIAL POLICY by LEVIN

Making Social Policy is a new and original textbook on policy making in
British central government. Starting from first principles, it examines
policy making through concepts drawn not from academic theories and interpretations but directly from the experiences and perceptions of the politicians,
officials and others involved in the decision making process. Peter Levin
sets out a range of techniques for doing this, and applies them to five case
studies of policy making by the Thatcher and Major governments. He elegantly
brings out the various mechanisms at work, including the strategies deployed
by the various participants. These case studies, which bring together
material from a variety of sources cover:

  • housing and education policy
  • social security reform
  • the poll tax
  • the annual public expenditure cycle
  • Europe: the Social Charter and the protection of women workers.

Making Social Policy is also about how to study policy making. It shows you
how to recognize a policy when you see one, and how to make your own analysis
of the mechanisms by which government produces and adopts policy proposals,
and by which legislative and other measures subsequently come about. Peter
Levin also demonstrates how many theoretical perspectives employed by
academic writers comprehensively fail to capture the reality of what actually
takes place.

Making Social Policy will be essential reading for students of social
policy, politics, government, and public administration.

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Format

Paperback

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ISBN

0335190847

Condition

Used Very Good

Language

English

Pages

288

Year Published

1997

Publisher

Open University Press

Store

GO00021

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