‘Aaron, why only sometimes?’

pointed to the relevance of Wildavsky’s work for practice-based approaches to policy studies… The paper, given to the Interpretive Policy Analysis conference in Tilburg in July 2012, began by citing a passage from Craftways: ‘The imposition of order...

Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted

Knowledge in Policy is contracted to appear in late 2013, edited by Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy and published by Policy Press… Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted introduces a new way of thinking about knowledge, not in terms of its content or...

Evidence, policy – and practice

Richard Freeman, Steven Griggs and Annette Boaz edited a recent special issue of Evidence and Policy on the practice of policy making… Both evidence and policy – separately and together – derive meaning from an implied other, third term: that of...

Classics of Community Psychiatry

has just been published by Oxford. Introduced by Richard Freeman and Michael Rowe, it is an innovative collection of written material on mental health work outside the hospital… Classics of Community Psychiatry is the first volume to examine the course of the...

KNOWandPOL reports

Empirical work on the KNOWandPOL project is now complete. Reports on aspects of mental health policy in Scotland and in Europe are free to download… The EC-funded Integrated Project KNOWandPOL is concerned with the way different kinds of knowledge are mobilised...

Children and Society

Past and present editors of Children and Society have included Richard Freeman’s ‘Recursive politics: prevention, modernity and social systems’ in a commemorative special issue to mark 25 years of the journal… This paper was first published in...

Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State: Health

Richard Freeman and Heinz Rothgang review comparative research on health policy in OECD countries in Oxford’s new Handbook of the Welfare State… See the ‘publications’ page elsewhere on this site…

Edinburgh-Bremen-Milan workshop

Doctoral students and research fellows working on health policy in Edinburgh, Bremen and Milan met in Bremen for a workshop on Friday and Saturday, 18-19 June 2010… Doctoral students and research fellows working on health policy in Edinburgh, Bremen and Milan...

Hanse Fellowship, Bremen

An extended fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study has made it possible to work with a comparative health policy group at the University of Bremen. See the write-up on <a...

Classifying health systems

Richard Freeman and Lorraine Frisina’s ‘Health care systems and the problem of classification’ has now appeared in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis… Classification is integral to comparison. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the...

Policy as Practice

What is it that policy makers do when they make policy? What kinds of activity does policy making entail? This seminar series hosted by the Universities of Birmingham and Edinburgh, with APSE (the Association for Public Service Excellence), was funded by ESRC. So what...

Policy as Practice at IPA 2010

Last year’s Interpretive Policy Analysis conference (Grenoble, 23-25 June 2010) included two panels on ‘Policy as Practice’… We know little of the way policy-makers work, of what they actually do when they make policy. Our starting point in...

What is translation?

A new paper in Evidence and Policy discusses this key concept in knowledge transfer and exchange… What is ‘translation’, and how might it help us think differently about knowledge transfer and exchange? The purpose of this article is to set out, for...

KNOWandPOL reports

KNOWandPOL reports Reports on our study of WHO Europe’s initiatives in mental health policy are now complete. A separate document on the role of international organizations in regulation compares WHO’s work with OECD’s PISA programme in...