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Title: Devolution and public policy in Scotland and Wales : a joined-up governance approach and the cases of special educational needs and adult community learning
Author: Lewis, Christopher
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2009
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This study examines policy processes and outputs in Scotland and Wales in order to test the thesis that a distinctively 'inclusive' and 'holistic' policy style will emerge in the new, meso-level institutional setting. To this end, the study develops a 'joined-up governance (JUG) approach' to examining policy processes and outputs and applies this to the policy areas of special educational needs (SEN) and adult community learning (ACL) in the two nations. This approach reveals a marked variation in the nature and extent of joined-up thinking and action between policy areas (though less between jurisdictions) and uses an examination of seven 'moderating variables' to uncover the conditions in each case study that may influence the degree of horizontal and vertical coordination. It is shown how one of these variables - scale - has great explanatory utility, and this contributes to the main finding that some distinctively inclusive and holistic features can be detected in the emerging policy styles in Scotland and Wales. The study also reflects on the theoretical implications of a JUG approach. It is argued that interests-based accounts of the policy process, such as those put forward in the policy network literature, can be complemented by an approach which acknowledges trust-, as well as resource-based relationships, specifically in a 'joinedup' policy context.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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