Policy Analysis for Practice: Applying Social Policy by Paul Spicker

Policy Analysis for Practice: Applying Social Policy

Paul Spicker
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  • ISBN
    9781861348258 / 1861348258
  • Title Policy Analysis for Practice: Applying Social Policy
  • Author Paul Spicker
  • Category Social Issues & Processes
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2006
  • Pages 204
  • Publisher
    Policy Press
  • Imprint Policy Press
  • Edition
    1st
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 155mm x 10mm x 231mm

Annotation

People who work in planning, management and service delivery in the public sector need to know how policy is translated into practice, what is happening, and whether a policy works. This book introduces students and practitioners to the concepts, methods and techniques required to undertake the analysis and review of policy and its implementation.

Publisher Description

People who work in planning, management and service delivery in the public sector need to know how policy is translated into practice, what is happening, and whether a policy works. “Policy analysis for Practice: introduces students and practitioners to the concepts, methods and techniques required to undertake the analysis and review of policy and its implementation. It combines material from public and social administration with examples and application to social policy and the social services. It focuses on developing understanding and skills for a growing area of practice. The book looks at ways to understand and analyse the main stages of the policy process: developing strategies, identifying aims, examining the situation, choosing methods, implementation and service delivery, and evaluating outcomes. It stresses the role of policy analysis as a political, and not just a technical, activity. ”Policy Analysis for Practice" is an original, thought-provoking text with a strong applied focus.
It offers: a systematic, accessible coverage of a wide-ranging literature; application to practical circumstances and the needs of people in the field; and, a direct relationship to vocational work in the management and administration of social services. It will be invaluable for students and practitioners in public policy, social policy and public sector management, in fields including central and local government, health and social care and the voluntary sector.

Review
“This book offers an interesting and unique approach that will appeal to many working in the field. Written in a clear and accessible style, it will be a valuable text not only for those involved in policy and practice, but also for students and practitioners in health and social care.” Susan Balloch, Professor of Health and Social Care, Health and Social Policy Research Centre, University of Brighton

Author Biography

Paul Spicker holds the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and is the Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Management. His research has mainly focused on issues related to poverty, need, disadvantage and service delivery, and he has undertaken a range of applied work on social welfare issues. Policy analysis for practice is his eleventh book.

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