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Prevention is better than cure, so why aren’t we doing more of it?

This post provides a generous amount of background for my ANZSOG talk Prevention is better than cure, so why aren’t we doing more of it? If you read all of it, it’s a long read. If not, it’s a short … Continue reading

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Here’s why there is always an expectations gap in prevention policy

Prevention is the most important social policy agenda of our time. Many governments make a sincere commitment to it, backed up by new policy strategies and resources. Yet, they also make limited progress before giving up or changing tack. Then, … Continue reading

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Case studies: prevention and early intervention to address austerity and inequality #POLU9SP

This is the first of three posts which use case studies of cross-cutting and specific policy areas to add more depth to our discussion of Scottish politics and policymaking. We begin with a broad focus on ‘prevention’ policy for 4 reasons: … Continue reading

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Prevention

Paul Cairney and Emily St Denny Our study of prevention policy provides a cautionary tale for policy scholars and policymakers: focus on the need to make choices and gauge their unequal effect on target populations, rather than seeking or describing mythical … Continue reading

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Social investment, prevention and early intervention: a ‘window of opportunity’ for new ideas?

In policy studies, we talk about the rare occasions when some problems or policy solutions ‘take off’ suddenly or when an ‘idea’s time seems to come’. Indeed, one aim of Kingdon’s ‘multiple streams analysis’ is to show us that ideas come … Continue reading

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A ‘decisive shift to prevention’: how do we turn an idea into evidence based policy?

This post also appears on the ESRC website The Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change does not simply examine the potential for a major event, Scottish independence, to have a major impact on Scottish politics. It also focuses on policymaking, which often … Continue reading

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Can the Scottish Government pursue ‘prevention policy’ without independence?

This appears on the ESRC website too The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence, Scotland’s Future, reignited arguments about the adequacy of the devolved settlement. While the Scottish Government argues that it could pursue a wide range of new policies … Continue reading

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Talks and blogs: ANZSOG trip

    I’m taking a trip to New Zealand and Australia as a guest of ANZSOG. Here is a list of dates and draft titles for each talk. If available, there is a link in the name of the city … Continue reading

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The UK government’s imaginative use of evidence to make policy

This post describes a new article published in British Politics (Open Access). May I have your attention as I describe to you my new article, 'The UK government’s imaginative use of evidence to make policy'? https://t.co/AD4BZBRsUf pic.twitter.com/c4P1NHJgNF — Professor Paul … Continue reading

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A 5-step strategy to make evidence count

Let’s imagine a heroic researcher, producing the best evidence and fearlessly ‘speaking truth to power’. Then, let’s place this person in four scenarios, each of which combines a discussion of evidence, policy, and politics in different ways. Imagine your hero … Continue reading

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Evidence based policymaking: 7 key themes

I looked back at my blog posts on the politics of ‘evidence based policymaking’ and found that I wrote quite a lot (particularly from 2016). Here is a list based on 7 key themes. 1. Use psychological insights to influence … Continue reading

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‘Co-producing’ comparative policy research: how far should we go to secure policy impact?

See also our project website IMAJINE. Two recent articles explore the role of academics in the ‘co-production’ of policy and/or knowledge. Matt Flinders, Matt Wood, and Malaika Cunningham, in The politics of co-production: risks, limits and pollution, examine: the perception … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t evidence win the day in policy and policymaking?

Politics has a profound influence on the use of evidence in policy, but we need to look ‘beyond the headlines’ for a sense of perspective on its impact. It is tempting for scientists to identify the pathological effect of politics … Continue reading

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The Scottish Government’s holistic education policy: a story of profound success or failure?

The Scottish Government experience of education can give us all a profound lesson, but I’m not yet sure what that lesson will be. The positive lesson might be that you can have a holistic approach to education provision, which has … Continue reading

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What do you do when 20% of the population causes 80% of its problems? Possibly nothing.

Avshalom Caspi and colleagues have used the 45-year ‘Dunedin’ study in New Zealand to identify the ‘large economic burden’ associated with ‘a small segment of the population’. They don’t quite achieve the 20%-causes-80% mark, but suggest that 22% of the … Continue reading

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What happens when UK Governments try to control and delegate policymaking? #POLU9UK

To celebrate Andy Murray becoming number 1, I have recorded the podcast in the style of him giving an interview:   British politics looks weird because UK governments have contradictory incentives: to look like they are in control, but delegate … Continue reading

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The theory and practice of evidence-based policy transfer: can we learn how to reduce territorial inequalities?

I am now part of a large EU-funded Horizon2020 project called IMAJINE (Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe), which begins in January 2017. It is led by Professor Michael Woods at Aberystwyth University and has … Continue reading

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Week 2. Two stories of British politics: the Westminster model versus Complex Government #POLU9UK

I want you to think about the simple presentation of complex thought. How do we turn a world which seems infinitely complex into an explanation which describes that world in a few minutes or seconds? How do we choose the … Continue reading

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Early intervention policy, from ‘troubled families’ to ‘named persons’: problems with evidence and framing ‘valence’ issues

Imagine this as your ‘early intervention’ policy choice: (a) a universal and non-stigmatising programme for all parents/ children, with minimal evidence of effectiveness, high cost, and potential public opposition about the state intervening in family life; or (b) a targeted, … Continue reading

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Governments think it’s OK to use bad evidence to make good policy: the case of the UK Government’s ‘troubled families’

The UK Government’s ‘troubled families’ policy appears to be a classic top-down, evidence-free, and quick emotional reaction to crisis. It developed after riots in England (primarily in London) in August 2011. Within one week, and before announcing an inquiry into … Continue reading

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