Controversies in Policy Research: critical analysis for a new era of austerity and privation

Hardcover | April 16, 2013

EditorStephanie Petrie

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As a result of the impact of neo-liberal economics and the financial crisis on policy development and implementation, economic and social divides are widening and deepening globally. As the causes and consequences of austerity continue to emerge across Europe and internationally, so the key policy impact messages must continue to be told. Under the themes of Justice, Participation and Social Exclusion, contributors to this volume draw on recent examples to explore and discuss the impact of those targeted or excluded by public and social policies in European countries, developed, implemented and evaluated at a time of austerity. Contexts, consequences and controversies current in the global North are uncovered highlighting the ethical implications for policy research and the role of the academic.

To bear witness and tell the 'truth' is a standpoint usually associated with religious philosophies. In these turbulent years in Western democracies perhaps one critical role for the academic, recast for post-modern times, is to bear witness to the lives of the powerless and tell their 'truths'. Citizen involvement in policy development can be potent and not merely tokenistic if knowledge becomes a means by which policies can be challenged by those subject to them.

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As a result of the impact of neo-liberal economics and the financial crisis on policy development and implementation, economic and social divides are widening and deepening globally. As the causes and consequences of austerity continue to emerge across Europe and internationally, so the key policy impact messages must continue to be to...

Stephanie Petrie is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Liverpool University, UK. She became an academic in 1995 after a career in social work that began in 1970. She has worked at the Universities of Bradford, Lincolnshire, and Humberside. Her research and published work includes a wide range of welfare issues affecting children, youn...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.83 × 5.66 × 0.9 inPublished:April 16, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Policy Contexts, Consequences and Controversies; S.Petrie
2. Introduction to 'Justice'; S.Walklate
3. 'Victims' and European Policy Initiatives: Symbolism or Meaningful Progress?; S.Walklate
4. 'Stalking'- the Portugese Case: Discursive Constructions of Stalking and their Implications; H.Grangeia and M.Matos
5. Women in the Criminal Justice System: One Step Forward, More Steps Back?; K.Evans
6. Young British Muslims, Counter-Terrorism and the State: Contesting the Policy Turn; F.Khan and G.Mythen
7. Introduction to 'Participation'; T.Lask
8. Community Cohesion Policy in a Northern English Town: an Ethnographic Approach; G.Kather
9. Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008: an Ethnographic Approach to Impact Evaluations; T.Lask
10. Lone Parents and 'Welfare-to-work' Policies: a 'Participatory' Approach; S.Petrie
11. Introduction to 'Social Exclusion'; G.Mythen
12. The UK Health Trainer Initiative: Critical Contexts; A-M.Martindale
13. The Rain in Spain: the Social Action Third Sector and Government Authorities; J.Prieto Lobato
14. Liberation by Numbers; R.Moore
15. Legislating for Freedom of Choice: so Long as it's the 'Right' Choice; D.Ellis
16. Research and Policy Controversies; S.Petrie