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Cambridge Public Policy Lecture: But The Spell Remains: the role of emotions in public policy

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Why does public policy fail? Why do problems that appear to have been “solved” so often take new form and re-emerge? I will argue that the roots of public policy failure can be found in the inability to take account of human emotion and every day relationships. Public policy increasingly relies on the tools and language of economics. Drawing on the disciplines of design, psychoanalysis, anthropology and feminism I will argue that this is a limitation. Different perspectives are needed to get underneath the pressing policy challenges of this century. Using practical case studies I will look at how a different approach has the potential to transform policy towards ageing and unemployment in the UK.

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