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Joint Approaches to Social Policy

Joint Approaches to Social Policy
Rationality and Practice


  • Date Published: February 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521309004


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About the Authors
  • This book is in essence concerned with the quest for rationality in decision-making, and is founded on the premise that improvements in the machinery of decision-making can actually lead to better decisions. The numerous initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s established specifically to foster greater policy coordination (notably the Central Policy Review Staff or 'Think Tank') had, by the beginning of the 1980s, fallen foul of an altogether changed political climate, in which policy formation was increasingly determined by the pressures of the marketplace, rather than by the pursuit of rationally-determined consensual goals. Paradoxically, however, this process has led, in turn, to renewed interest in the possibilities of interdepartmental policy coordination, at both centre and periphery, and in Joint Approaches to Social Policy the authors seek to provide a clear understanding of what the reality, rather than the rhetoric, of policy coordination actually entails. They endeavour to familiarise policy-makers at all levels with the basic conceptual tools necessary for successful policy coordination.

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    • Date Published: February 1988
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521309004
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 19 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Biographical notes
    1. Rationality - the history of an idea
    2. Investigating policy coordination: issues and hypotheses
    3. Policy coordination for children under five and for elderly people
    4. Whatever happened to JASP?
    5. Policy coordination: a view of Whitehall
    6. Coordination at local level: introducing methods and localities
    7. Coordination at local level: state of play
    8. Barriers and opportunities
    9. Costs, benefits and incentives
    10. Understanding coordination
    11. Towards a new model of social planning

  • Authors

    Linda Challis

    Susan Fuller

    Melanie Henwood

    Rudolf Klein

    William Plowden

    Adrian Webb

    Peter Whittingham

    Gerald Wistow

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