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Policy learning to reduce inequalities: a practical framework

This post first appeared on LSE BPP on 16.11.2020 and it describes the authors’ published work in Territory, Politics, Governance (for IMAJINE) While policymakers often want to learn how other governments have responded to certain policies, policy learning is characterized by … Continue reading

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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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Education equity policy: ‘equity for all’ as a distraction from race, minoritization, and marginalization

By Paul Cairney and Sean Kippin This post summarizes a key section of our review of education equity policymaking [see the full article for references to the studies summarized here]. One of the main themes is that many governments present … Continue reading

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The future of public health policymaking after COVID-19: lessons from Health in All Policies

Paul Cairney, Emily St Denny, Heather Mitchell  This post summarises new research on the health equity strategy Health in All Policies. As our previous post suggests, it is common to hope that a major event will create a ‘window of … Continue reading

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I am not Peter Matthews

Some notes for my guest appearance on @urbaneprofessor ‘s module Peter’s description Paul comes from a Political Science background and started off his project trying to understand why politicians don’t make good policy. He uses a lot of Political Science … Continue reading

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What have we learned so far from the UK government’s COVID-19 policy?

This post first appeared on LSE British Politics and Policy (27.11.20) and is based on this article in British Politics. Paul Cairney assesses government policy in the first half of 2020. He identifies the intense criticism of its response so far, encouraging … 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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