We are concerned here with community psychiatry, a particular way of knowing and thinking about mental illness and of responding to it. Community psychiatry, for our purposes, refers to all the policies, services, agencies and staff deployed in treating people with mental health problems who are poor and for whom publicly-funded services are the default, if not the only, option.

‘Policy opportunities’

What is policy? How do we do or make policy? Where and who with? What is it for, anyway, and what difference does it make? Good questions, though you wouldn’t be asking them if you didn’t already know that answering them isn’t easy.


This paper reviews comparative research on health policy in OECD countries, outlining the origins and development of health policy in the modern state and pointing to the different ways that development has been understood by welfare state scholars.

Comparing health systems

This chapter reviews the modes and functions of cross-national comparison in health services research and policy. Source: Mullner, R (ed) Encyclopaedia of Health Services Research, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage link SaveSave

Social democracy, uncertainty and health in Scotland

Health policy is as modern as social democracy. This is not to suggest that social democracy is some sort of ’cause’ of health policy, but that their environments – political, economic, demographic, social and ideological – are shared. Underpinning all of these is a common, modern epistemology, which frames the causes and effects of social problems and the capacities of government in specific ways.

Learning in public policy

Introduction – Convergence, Diffusion, and Learning – Public Policy as Collective Puzzling – Learning in Practice – The Elements of Learning – Learning by Comparison Source: Rein, M, Moran, M and Goodin, R E (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford: Oxford...