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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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Q: If ‘prevention is better than cure’ … We are at the proofing stage pic.twitter.com/AHZKCtxa0z — Professor Paul Cairney (@CairneyPaul) August 16, 2019 pic.twitter.com/IxklUNmKaX — Professor Paul Cairney (@CairneyPaul) August 19, 2019 Our study of prevention policy provides a simple cautionary … 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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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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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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Prevenir es mejor que curar, entonces, ¿por qué no hacemos más?

Serie: El proceso de las políticas públicas. Paul Cairney, Profesor de Política y Políticas Públicas en la Universidad de Stirling, Escocia. Enlace a texto original en inglés. Esta publicación proporciona una amplia cantidad de antecedentes de mi plática en la Escuela de … Continue reading

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Cuatro obstáculos para la Formulación de Políticas Públicas Basada en Evidencia (EBPM)

Serie: El proceso de las políticas públicas. Paul Cairney, Profesor de Política y Políticas Públicas en la Universidad de Stirling, Escocia. Enlace a texto original en inglés. 1. Incluso si existe “la evidencia”, ésta no te dice qué hacer. A … Continue reading

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Institutionalising preventive health: what are the key issues for Public Health England?

By Paul Cairney (University of Stirling, blue shirt), John Boswell (University of Southampton, check), Richard Gleave (Public Health England, tie), and Kathryn Oliver (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, black jacket). This post first appeared on the University of Stirling public policy blog and University of Bristol IEUREKA! … Continue reading

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Institutionalising preventive health: what are the key issues?

By Paul Cairney and John Boswell. This post first appeared on the Public Health Reform Scotland blog. On the 17th May, Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) and Dr John Boswell (University of Southampton) led a discussion on ‘institutionalising’ preventive … Continue reading

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Public health policy: assumptions and expectations

Rather misleadingly, this very draft paper is called The Politics of Evidence-based ‘Health in All Policies’. It’s for Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health, convened by Patrick Fafard and Adèle Cassola at the Global Strategy Lab. The most interesting section, for me, … Continue reading

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Talks and blogs: ANZSOG and beyond

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 Europe from 2018). There is usually a link … 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). Please find: (1) A super-exciting video/audio powerpoint I use for a talk based on the article (2) The audio alone (link) (3) The powerpoint to download, so that the … 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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