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Governance or government? How should researchers understand the policy process?

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In order to understand the modern policy-making environment, researchers need to grasp one of the most important trends in the organisation of democratic states since the 1990s – the shift away from policy-making as an activity internal to a central governing authority and towards (a) a more diffuse set of networks involving corporate actors, NGOs and experts; and(b) the growing impetus to devolve decisions and responsibilities to sub-state tiers of government. These trends have had some important and unforeseen consequences, and have a mixed record in solving the problems for which they were designed. Michael Kenny will examine these changes in the UK context, and consider some of the challenges which a more dispersed system of governance raises for researchers seeking to achieve impact upon public policy.

Chaired by Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Director of Behaviour and Health Research Unit

This talk is part of the Bradford Hill Seminars series.

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