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Teaching evidence based policy to fly: how to deal with the politics of policy learning and transfer

This post provides (a generous amount of) background for my ANZSOG talk Teaching evidence based policy to fly: transferring sound policies across the world. The event’s description sums up key conclusions in the literature on policy learning and policy transfer: … Continue reading

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Epistemic versus bargaining-driven policy learning

There is an excellent article by Professor Claire Dunlop called “The irony of epistemic learning: epistemic communities, policy learning and the case of Europe’s hormones saga” (Open Access). It uses the language of ‘policy learning’ rather than ‘evidence based policymaking’, … Continue reading

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Three ways to encourage policy learning

This is a guest post by  Claire A. Dunlop (left) and Claudio M. Radaelli (right), discussing how to use insights from the Policy Learning literature to think about how to learn effectively or adapt to the processes of ‘learning’ in policymaking that are more about … Continue reading

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Action on Sugar: Learning from Tobacco

In many ways, tobacco control has set the agenda for controls in other areas, such as (most notably) alcohol. We can see this by simply comparing recent calls for action on sugar in food with existing curbs on tobacco use, taking … Continue reading

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Policy Concepts in 1000 Words: Policy Transfer and Learning

(podcast download) ‘Policy learning’ describes the use of knowledge to inform policy decisions. That knowledge can be based on information regarding the current problem, lessons from the past or lessons from the experience of others. This is a political, not technical or … Continue reading

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The UK government’s lack of control of public policy

This post first appeared as Who controls public policy? on the UK in a Changing Europe website. There is also a 1-minute video, but you would need to be a completist to want to watch it. Most coverage of British … Continue reading

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The UK Government’s COVID-19 policy: assessing evidence-informed policy analysis in real time

On the 23rd March 2020, the UK Government’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared: ‘From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home’. He announced measures to help limit the impact … Continue reading

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We are recruiting a temporary lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling

Please see our Vacancy page for the details: https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/list/details/?jobId=2353&jobTitle=Lecturer%20in%20Public%20Policy I am the pre-interview contact point and these are my personal thoughts on that process, which blend background information and some helpful advice. These notes are also there to address a … Continue reading

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COVID-19 policy in the UK: SAGE meetings from January-June 2020

This post is part 4 of COVID-19 policy in the UK: Did the UK Government ‘follow the science’? Reflections on SAGE meetings SAGE began a series of extraordinary meetings from 22nd January 2020. The first was described as ‘precautionary’ (22.1.20: … Continue reading

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COVID-19 policy in the UK: The role of SAGE and science advice to government

This post is part 2 of COVID-19 policy in the UK: Did the UK Government ‘follow the science’? Reflections on SAGE meetings The issue of science advice to government, and the role of SAGE in particular, became unusually high profile … Continue reading

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Policy Concepts in 1000 Words: Policy Change

Christopher M. Weible & Paul Cairney Policy change is a central concern of policy research and practice. Some want to explain it. Some want to achieve it. Explanation begins with the ‘what is policy?’ question, since we cannot observe something without … Continue reading

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7. Lower profile changes to policy and practice

A future series of posts will describe the many ways in which policy will (or should) change in practice, as public sector and other organizations change the way they do things in response to crisis. Current examples include the relaxation … Continue reading

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6. The relationship between science, science advice, and policy

There is a lot written in general about the extent to which UK policy is evidence-based (go to EBPM and this article and I’ll see you in a few days). This issue was initially a big feature of the UK … Continue reading

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4. Uncertainty and hesitancy during initial UK coronavirus responses

Vallance (17.3.20: q114) ‘I do not think any of us have seen anything like this. It is a first in not just a generation but potentially the first for 100 years. None of us has seen this. … This is … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and the ‘social determinants’ of health inequalities: lessons from ‘Health in All Policies’ initiatives

Many public health bodies are responding to crisis by shifting their attention and resources from (1) a long-term strategic focus on reducing non-communicable diseases (such as heart diseases, cancers, diabetes), to (2) the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, these two activities … Continue reading

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The coronavirus and evidence-informed policy analysis (long version)

This is the long version. It is long. Too long to call a blog post. Let’s call it a ‘living document’ that I update and amend as new developments arise (then start turning into a more organised paper). In most … Continue reading

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Research engagement with government: insights from research on policy analysis and policymaking

Many research funders are interested in supporting researchers as they engage with government to inform policy and practice. In that context, here is a long read on how (a) policy analysis and (b) policy process research can help funders understand … Continue reading

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Policy Analysis in 750 Words: policy analysis for marginalized groups in racialized political systems

Note: this post forms one part of the Policy Analysis in 750 words series overview. For me, this story begins with a tweet by Professor Jamila Michener, about a new essay by Dr Fabienne Doucet, ‘Centering the Margins: (Re)defining Useful Research … Continue reading

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ANZSOG

See also: The Politics of Evidence-Based Policymaking: ANZSOG talks In 2018, I took a trip to New Zealand and Australia as a guest of ANZSOG. Here is a list of dates and titles for each talk (followed by some talks in … Continue reading

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Policy Analysis in 750 Words: complex systems and systems thinking

This post forms one part of the Policy Analysis in 750 words series overview and connects to previous posts on complexity. The first 750 words tick along nicely, then there is a picture of a cat hanging in there baby to … Continue reading

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