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Using cultural theory to navigate the policy process

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Simmons R (2018) Using cultural theory to navigate the policy process. Policy and Politics, 46 (2), pp. 235-253. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557318X15230060606081

Abstract
Cultural Theory's (CT) four 'cultural biases' hold an intuitive appeal and empirical resonance for policy scholars as they seek to make sense of complex policy contexts. Yet research applications of CT are often hampered by superficial classifications and a lack of operationalisable measures. This article solves these problems, presenting valid measures in a 'compass' and 'map' to show how cultural patterns are both 'internalised' in individuals and 'institutionalised' in policy contexts. Key tensions here provide researchers with new interpretive tools to promote better questioning, learning and adaptation within particular policy environments, including opportunities for research impact through practical, 'institutional work'.

Keywords
policy implementation; institutional analysis; policy design; institutional work

Journal
Policy and Politics: Volume 46, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/04/2018
Publication date online16/04/2018
Date accepted by journal02/03/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27431
PublisherPolicy Press
ISSN0305-5736

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Professor Richard Simmons
Professor Richard Simmons

Professor, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology