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 characterized 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
Pages (from-to)802-817
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume23
Issue number6
Early online date12 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2021

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration

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