Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice

Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice

Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice

Social Policy, Public Policy: From Problem to Practice

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The origins of this book date back more than ten years when, as a senior policy adviser, I was involved in a complex but comprehensive policy development process that led to a radical policy reform: Australia's Child Support Scheme.

Through that experience I saw the value of a systematic approach to policy development in helping to achieve desired social policy reform. It was then that I realised the value of a book of this kind to assist up-and-coming policy advisers to increase their potential for contributing to good policy processes.

The book aims to attract another group of readers: students of social and public policy. Over the past ten or so years, I have often been called on to share my policy experiences with students of public administration and public policy. This has led to lively sessions comparing what the textbooks say happens, with what my experiences suggest can actually happen. So this book is also written as a text for students, aiming to bridge theory and practice by providing both illustrative descriptive material and useful and general prescriptions through case studies.

There is little literature on how to evaluate what policy advisers do, let alone how to evaluate the processes that lead to that advice. I hope the material in this book will, therefore, assist in improving . . .

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