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Producing Health Policy: Knowledge and Knowing in Government Policy Work (Palgrave Studies in Science) (Hardcover)

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In this book Jo Maybin draws on rare access to the inner-workings of England's Department of Health to explore what kinds of knowledge civil servants use when developing policy, how they use it and why. Combining ethnographic data with insights from psychology, socio-linguistics, sociology and philosophy, she demonstrates how civil servants engage in a wide range of knowledge practices in the course of their daily work. These include sharing personal anecdotes, thrashing-out ideas in meetings and creating simplified representations of phenomena, as well as conducting cost-benefit analyses and commissioning academic research. Maybin analyzes the different functions that these various practices serve, from developing personal understandings of issues, to making complex social problems 'thinkable', and meeting the ever-present need to make policies 'happen'. In doing so, she develops an original theory of policy-making as the work of building connections between a policy in development and powerful ideas, people, and instruments, and reveals the 'policy know-how' required by civil servants to be effective in their jobs.

About the Author

Jo Maybin is a Fellow in Health Policy at The King's Fund, UK, where she researches patient and staff experiences of health care in England. She is also training to be a professional coach for NHS staff.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781137583925
ISBN-10: 1137583924
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: March 12th, 2016
Pages: 172
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Studies in Science
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