Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted

Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted

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This important collection presents a radical reconception of the place of knowledge in contemporary policy making 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 mobilized 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 policy makers, 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.

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Richard Freeman teaches theory and method in the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Following comparative studies of health and health care, his recent work has been concerned with knowledge and practice in public policy. Steve Sturdy is head of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and has published widely in the history and sociology of medical science and medical practice.


Introduction: Embodied, inscribed, enacted: how to think about knowledge in policy ~ Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy; Part one: Policy knowledge in space and time; Knowledge, policy and coordinated action ~ Steve Sturdy and Richard Freeman; 'Knowledge style': mapping knowledge in policy domains ~ Jennifer Smith-Merry; Knowledge moves: transition and transformation in the policy process ~ Natercio Afonso and Estela Costa; Part two: Embodied, inscribed and enacted knowledges; Embodiment: knowledge in policy and practice ~ Eva Skaerbaek; Inscription: from local to international knowledge ~ Sotiria Grek; Enactment: generating knowledge among experts ~ Maria Jose dos Santos Freitas; Part three: Conflict, resistance and transition; Knowledge conflicts: embodiment, inscription and the law ~ Armin Nassehi and Alma Demszky; Knowledge interests: promoting and resisting change ~ Bori Fernezelyi; Transition points: organizing knowledge through consultation ~ Frederic Schoenaers, Sophie Thunus, Gaetan Cerfontaine; Conclusion: Knowledge and policy in research and practice ~ Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781447309987
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781447309987
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 1447309987

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