Governance Analysis
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Governance Analysis

Critical Enquiry at the Intersection of Politics, Policy and Society

Edited by Emma Carmel

This state-of-the-art book develops the parameters of ‘governance analysis’ as a critical mode of enquiry. From a synthesis of theoretical approaches to public policy and governance, it offers a critical analytical perspective for empirical research and the development of theories of governance. This perspective is applied to seven detailed examples, from local to international and comparative public policy. Both innovative and unique, Governance Analysis shows that the messy real life of policymaking and its implications can be analysed systematically and insightfully without retreating to outdated ‘models’ of public policymaking or case-specific critique.
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Chapter 6: Understanding the complexity and implications of the English care policy system

Fiona Morgan


In this chapter I apply governance analysis to understand a particularly complex and opaque policy area: the informal care of older people. It serves as an analytical framework to explore the design and operationalisation of the English care policy system, and its implications for the actors engaged in governance processes. These actors include frontline practitioners, managers, informal carers and the older people they care for, whose care relationships are placed at the heart of the analysis. The chapter identifies key characteristics of the system’s structural and procedural complexity across three policy domains – cash benefits, care services and employment support – and reveals how actors negotiate, navigate and mediate these institutional conditions. It shows how these interacting governing practices affect the availability and consistency of statutory protection that care relationships can access. As such, English care policy governance has significant implications for the social relations and wellbeing of all the actors involved.

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