Social Science and Public Policy

Richard Freeman

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Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order
Voß, J-P and Freeman, R

Knowing Governance sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and reproduce? How are new understandings of governance produced in practice, by scientists and policy makers and by the publics with whom they engage? How does politics work through the production of ideas and information that both describe and prescribe how governing is done? This book outlines and explores a new approach to the study of governance at the intersection of governmentality studies, interpretive policy studies and science and technology studies. Each chapter presents an empirically-grounded case study of how particular accounts of governing are worked out, and how new realities of governance emerge in the course of making it knowable. Each introduces and applies a key concept from science and technology studies, setting out a variety of ways of making knowledge about governance and its constituent politics.

Publication Type: book      Source: London: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 2015       Link:

Knowledge in Policy. Embodied, inscribed, enacted
Freeman, R and Sturdy, S (eds)

This important collection presents a radical reconception of the place of knowledge in contemporary policymaking in Europe, based not on assumptions about evidence, expertise or experience but on the different forms that knowledge takes. Knowledge is embodied in people, inscribed in documents and instruments, and enacted in specific circumstances. Empirical case studies of health and education policy in different national and international contexts demonstrate the essential interdependence of different forms and phases of knowledge. They illustrate the ways in which knowledge is mobilised and resisted, and draw attention to key problems in the processing and transformation of knowledge in policy work. This novel theoretical framework offers real benefits for policymakers, academics in public policy, public administration, management studies, sociology, education, public health and social work, and those with a practical interest in education and health and related fields of public policy.

Publication Type: book      Source: Bristol: Policy Press
Date: 2015       Link:

Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care
Marmor, T, Freeman, R and Okma, K (eds)

This new collection explores recent patterns in health care regulation, financing, and delivery across countries. Wide-ranging essays cover both key countries (Canada, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom and the United States) and key issues, including primary care, hospital care, long-term care, pharmaceutical policy, and private health insurance. Respective authors pay close attention throughout to the ways in which cross-national, comparative research informs national policy debates across the world.

Publication Type: book      Source: New Haven: Yale UP
Date: 2009       Link:

The politics of health in Europe

This is the first general comparative study of health policy and politics to focus on major countries of Western Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK. It begins by identifying differences in arrangements for the finance, delivery and regulation of health care in different countries, explaining how health systems are to be understood as political entities. The book describes and accounts for the evolution of state intervention in the health sector before comparing and contrasting different kinds of systems. It examines recent changes in the organization of health care as well as recent challenges to public health, including policy responses to AIDS.

1 Health politics; 2 The health care state in Europe, 1880-1980; 3 National health services: Italy, Sweden and the UK; 4 Social insurance systems: France and Germany; 5 Reform and restructuring; 6 Doctors and states; 7 The users of health care; 8 Health, the public and public health

Publication Type: book      Source: Manchester: Manchester UP
Date: 2000

Welfare and Culture in Europe. Towards a new paradigm in social policy
Chamberlayne, P, Cooper, A, Freeman, R and Rustin, M (eds)

This innovative volume describes how an awareness of culture must be applied to the study and provision of welfare in Europe. It shows how the cultures underpinning social welfare systems are starting to be exposed and explored. The assumption that the values and beliefs which constitute welfare systems are universal and absolute has been overturned for two reasons. First, the post-war period has seen huge changes in traditional structures in Europe, such as class, race and gender, which have prompted people and systems to re-assess and assert their identity and role. Second, the move towards European union and the process of globalization have led to a growing awareness of different welfare systems; traditional distinctions, for example between the individual and the community, the public and private spheres, and the state and the market, have had to be re-evaluated. Defining `culture' as the systems through which social orders are transmitted, experienced and explored, Welfare and Culture in Europe argues that welfare must start with the human individuals involved - the users, providers and policy makers themselves. It constitutes a major qualitative study of the ways in which welfare states reflect and reproduce patterns of social values. Several chapters draw on new biographical approaches to social policy research and analysis. It develops new directions for future policy research and presents alternative methodological bases for empirical work. At a time of crisis, change and anxiety in Europe, this book lays the foundation for an essential re-working of social policy.

Publication Type: book      Source: London: Jessica Kingsley
Date: 1999       Link:

Social Policy in Germany
Clasen, J and Freeman, R (eds)

An introduction to, and detailed analysis of, social policy provision in Germany. A specially selected team of authors look at the historical development of social policy in Germany; the framework for policy making today; the main areas of social policy (social security, healthcare, social services, education and housing), and perspectives on gender and race. Combines social, economic, political and historical contexts with details of the main service areas.

Publication Type: book      Source: Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf
Date: 1994