Dynamic persistence in UK policy making: the evolution of social investment ideas and policy instruments

Alex Nicholls, Simon Teasdale

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Abstract

Proponents of policy instruments often have to justify them to shifting political masters. This article explores the evolution of social investment, both as a policy solution and a set of policy instruments, during a period characterised by political turbulence. Discourse analysis of texts produced by an instrument constituency shows how a constant set of policy instruments are framed as a changing solution to different political problems. This helps us develop the concept of dynamic persistence, which elaborates how the instrument constituency was able to maintain support for their policy instruments by realigning them to different ideological principles.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Early online date12 Dec 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Dec 2019

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social investment
persistence
discourse analysis
Policy instruments
Persistence
Policy making
Turbulence

Keywords

  • discourse
  • dynamic persistence
  • instrument constituency
  • policy solution
  • social investment

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