Social Science and Public Policy

Richard Freeman

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For a (self-)critical comparison
Freeman, R and Mangez, E

This paper reflects on the design and organization of cross-national comparative research in social and public policy, based in our own experience of leading and taking part in projects of this kind. We acknowledge recent criticism of comparison conceived as the measurement of similarity and difference between discrete national units, and note the political as well as methodological difficulties such work entails. We describe our attempts to overcome them, calling for both (1) a critical theory of comparison and (2) a critical practice of comparison. We outline ways of working based on the collective interrogation of case studies, and conclude by formalising an approach to comparison conceived not as cross-national experiment but as international encounter.

Publication Type: journal paper      Source: Critical Policy Studies 7 (2) 198-206
Date: 2013       Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QDbsRbzqen4AjSsbAIHx/full#.UgzHgVPgLZt


 

The Fabrication, Circulation and Use of Knowledge-based Regulatory Instruments in European Countries
Afonso, N, Carvalho, L, Costa, E, Freeman, R, Smith-Merry, J and Sturdy, S

Publication Type: research report      Source: EC integrated project 028848-2 KNOWandPOL
Date: 2009       Link: http://www.knowandpol.eu/index.php?id=257


Welfare, participation and dissent in public policy

Relationships between states and citizens are defined at least in part through respective obligations and entitlements to welfare. Harold Lasswell's 'Who gets what, when, how' is as good a definition of welfare as of politics: welfare is both source and target of a high proportion of political conflict in advanced industrial societies. For this reason, the study of welfare is an effective way in which the nature of political participation, as well as its changing form and extent, may be analysed and assessed. This chapter discusses different kinds of participation in welfare policy and provision, illustrated with examples from a variety of countries.

Publication Type: chapter in book      Source: Prokhovnik, R (ed) Making Policy, Shaping Lives, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP; Open University coursebook for Government and Politics DD203
Date: 2005       Link: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/978-0-7486-1973-3


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: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781853027000


Introduction: welfare, culture and Europe
Freeman, R, and Rustin, M

Publication Type: chapter in book      Source: Chamberlayne, P, Cooper, A, Freeman, R and Rustin, M (eds) Welfare and Culture in Europe. Towards a new paradigm in social policy, London: Jessica Kingsley
Date: 1999       Link: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781853027000


Conclusion: a new culture of welfare
Freeman, R, Chamberlayne, P, Coooper, A and Rustin, M

Publication Type: chapter in book      Source: Chamberlayne, P, Cooper, A, Freeman, R and Rustin, M (eds) Welfare and Culture in Europe. Towards a new paradigm in social policy, London: Jessica Kingsley
Date: 1999       Link: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781853027000


Institutions, states and cultures: health policy and politics in Europe

Publication Type: chapter in book      Source: Clasen, J (ed) Comparative Social Policy. Concepts, theories and methods, Oxford: Blackwell
Date: 1999       Link: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0631207732,descCd-description.html


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