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Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research$
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Daniel Béland and Robert Henry Cox

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736430.001.0001

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Ideas, Policy Change, and the Welfare State

Ideas, Policy Change, and the Welfare State

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Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Daniel Wincott

Oxford University Press

Students of public policy have emphasized the impact of ideas on policy change. This chapter explores this issue by focusing on public early childhood education and care provisions in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It draws attention to the issue of incremental change and the need for a more direct dialogue between policy analysis and institutionalist perspectives on ideas. It shows that ideational analysis can make a strong contribution to the analysis of policy making and concrete forms of policy development.

Keywords:   public policy, policy development, early childhood education, Australia, United Kingdom, United States, ideational analysis

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