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Joint Approaches to Social Policy : Rationality and Practice - Linda Challis

Joint Approaches to Social Policy

Rationality and Practice

Hardcover Published: 26th February 1988
ISBN: 9780521309004
Number Of Pages: 302

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This book is in essence concerned with the quest for rationality in decision-making, and is founded on the premise that improvements in the machinery of decision-making can actually lead to better decisions. The numerous initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s established specifically to foster greater policy coordination (notably the Central Policy Review Staff or 'Think Tank') had, by the beginning of the 1980s, fallen foul of an altogether changed political climate, in which policy formation was increasingly determined by the pressures of the marketplace, rather than by the pursuit of rationally-determined consensual goals. Paradoxically, however, this process has led, in turn, to renewed interest in the possibilities of interdepartmental policy coordination, at both centre and periphery, and in Joint Approaches to Social Policy the authors seek to provide a clear understanding of what the reality, rather than the rhetoric, of policy coordination actually entails. They endeavour to familiarise policy-makers at all levels with the basic conceptual tools necessary for successful policy coordination. A research project which began almost as an elegy for a vanished world of consensual, rational decision-making, has thus become, albeit in very different circumstances, a manual for effective policy coordination in the 1980s.

Biographical notes
Preface
Acknowledgements
Rationality - the history of an idea
Investigating policy coordination: issues and hypotheses
Policy coordination for children under five and for elderly people
Whatever happened to JASP?
Policy coordination: a view of Whitehall
Coordination at local level: introducing methods and localities
Coordination at local level: state of play
Barriers and opportunities
Costs, benefits and incentives
Understanding coordination
Towards a new model of social planning
Index
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ISBN: 9780521309004
ISBN-10: 052130900X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 26th February 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61