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The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing - Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda (Hardcover): Ian Bache, Louise... The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing - Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda (Hardcover)
Ian Bache, Louise Reardon
R2,329 Discovery Miles 23 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Government interest in wellbeing as an explicit goal of public policy has increased significantly in recent years. This has led to new developments in measuring wellbeing and initiatives aimed specifically at enhancing wellbeing, that reflect new thinking on 'what matters' and challenge established notions of societal progress. The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing provides the first theoretically grounded and empirically informed account of the rise and significance of wellbeing in contemporary politics and policy. Drawing on theories of agenda-setting and policy change, Ian Bache and Louise Reardon consider whether wellbeing can be described as 'an idea whose time has come'. The book reflects on developments across the globe and provides a detailed comparative analysis of two political arenas: the UK and the EU. Offering the first reflection grounded in evidence of the potential for wellbeing to be paradigm changing, the authors identify the challenge of bringing wellbeing into policy as a 'wicked problem' that policymakers are only now beginning to grapple with. This pioneering account of wellbeing from a political science perspective is a unique and valuable contribution to the field. The authors' theoretical and empirical conclusions are of great interest to scholars of politics and wellbeing alike.

Multi-level Governance: Essential Readings (Hardcover): Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders Multi-level Governance: Essential Readings (Hardcover)
Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders
R17,292 Discovery Miles 172 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The term multi-level governance (MLG) has emerged from its origins in EU studies in the early 1990s to become a commonly used description of politics and policy-making in a range of settings. This collection discusses seminal papers covering three waves of MLG scholarship; the first wave focuses largely on debates around Europe and the regions; the second on the nature and impact of MLG in wider settings (local, national and global) and the implications for accountability; and the third discusses MLG of different types and in new terrains (geographical or policy).

Politics in the European Union (Paperback, 5th Revised edition): Simon Bulmer, Owen Parker, Ian Bache, Stephen George,... Politics in the European Union (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Simon Bulmer, Owen Parker, Ian Bache, Stephen George, Charlotte Burns
R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Politics in the European Union is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the EU. Unique in its in-depth coverage of the history of the EU, the book explores a wide range of topics including institutions and policies, making it a complete guide to understanding the complex nature of the EU. Now in its fifth edition, the text has been fully updated to include coverage of Brexit, the refugee crisis, and political developments within member states. The text is enriched with a wide range of learning features, including end of chapter questions, which are designed to stimulate critical thinking, suggested further reading, EU timelines, and illustrative figures to help students take their learning further.

Cohesion Policy and Multi-level Governance in South East Europe (Hardcover): Ian Bache, George Andreou Cohesion Policy and Multi-level Governance in South East Europe (Hardcover)
Ian Bache, George Andreou
R2,988 R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Save R1,990 (67%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book considers the extent to which EU cohesion policy and related pre-accession instruments are contributing to the development of more compound polities in south east Europe and, specifically, promoting multi-level governance. In this respect, there are two points of departure: the first is the argument that the EU is a highly compound polity that tends to pull member (and candidate) states in this direction; the second is the considerable literature that links EU cohesion policy to the promotion of multi-level governance. Following this, we have chosen a range of south east European states whose period of engagement with the EU generally differs: Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia and Turkey. The case studies reveal that EU cohesion policy has created more compound polities but that system-wide multi-level governance remains weak and central governments are still prominent. However, there are interesting and potentially important developments in relation to particular features of multi-level governance, not least in states whose engagement with the EU in this sphere is relatively new. This book was published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

Multilevel Governance and Climate Change - Insights From Transport Policy (Paperback): Ian Bache, Ian Bartle, Matthew Flinders,... Multilevel Governance and Climate Change - Insights From Transport Policy (Paperback)
Ian Bache, Ian Bartle, Matthew Flinders, Greg Marsden
R926 Discovery Miles 9 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on a major three-year research project, this book explores the various roles of political actors and the policies that deal with the governance of reducing transport-related carbon emissions. Using this clear - and globally crucial - example of climate change governance, the authors are able to tease apart a range of debates and dilemmas and to fully explore the nature, pace and significance of core policies designed to tackle climate change. Much research in the field has over-emphasized the international realm and global policy, whereas this text uncovers the huge importance that domestic policy development plays in reducing emissions. It highlights normative positions that lie at the heart of institutional structures, enabling broader debates into the capacity and future of democratic governance.

The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing - Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda (Paperback): Ian Bache, Louise... The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing - Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda (Paperback)
Ian Bache, Louise Reardon
R769 Discovery Miles 7 690 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Government interest in wellbeing as an explicit goal of public policy has increased significantly in recent years. This has led to new developments in measuring wellbeing and initiatives aimed specifically at enhancing wellbeing, that reflect new thinking on 'what matters' and challenge established notions of societal progress. The Politics and Policy of Wellbeing provides the first theoretically grounded and empirically informed account of the rise and significance of wellbeing in contemporary politics and policy. Drawing on theories of agenda-setting and policy change, Ian Bache and Louise Reardon consider whether wellbeing can be described as 'an idea whose time has come'. The book reflects on developments across the globe and provides a detailed comparative analysis of two political arenas: the UK and the EU. Offering the first reflection grounded in evidence of the potential for wellbeing to be paradigm changing, the authors identify the challenge of bringing wellbeing into policy as a 'wicked problem' that policymakers are only now beginning to grapple with. This pioneering account of wellbeing from a political science perspective is a unique and valuable contribution to the field. The authors' theoretical and empirical conclusions are of great interest to scholars of politics and wellbeing alike.

Cohesion Policy and Multi-level Governance in South East Europe (Paperback): Ian Bache, George Andreou Cohesion Policy and Multi-level Governance in South East Europe (Paperback)
Ian Bache, George Andreou
R903 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R368 (41%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book considers the extent to which EU cohesion policy and related pre-accession instruments are contributing to the development of more compound polities in south east Europe and, specifically, promoting multi-level governance. In this respect, there are two points of departure: the first is the argument that the EU is a highly compound polity that tends to pull member (and candidate) states in this direction; the second is the considerable literature that links EU cohesion policy to the promotion of multi-level governance. Following this, we have chosen a range of south east European states whose period of engagement with the EU generally differs: Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia and Turkey. The case studies reveal that EU cohesion policy has created more compound polities but that system-wide multi-level governance remains weak and central governments are still prominent. However, there are interesting and potentially important developments in relation to particular features of multi-level governance, not least in states whose engagement with the EU in this sphere is relatively new. This book was published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

The Politics of Wellbeing - Theory, Policy and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Ian Bache, Karen Scott The Politics of Wellbeing - Theory, Policy and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Ian Bache, Karen Scott
R3,490 R2,916 Discovery Miles 29 160 Save R574 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume is the first collection in the field of wellbeing studies that places politics centre stage. Through a combination of intellectual inquiry, empirically-grounded research, and investigation across different settings, this book aims to provide fresh insights and develop new lenses through which to understand the rise and significance of the wellbeing agenda. Divided into three parts, it considers how to define wellbeing for public policy; the prospects for wellbeing as a force for political change; and the link between policy agendas and the everyday lives of people. The book explores the key political issues of power, democracy, and the legitimacy of wellbeing evidence in a range of settings - international, national and subnational/substate. The volume will appeal to wellbeing and politics scholars, as well as students and general readers with an interest in these new political agendas.

Multilevel Governance and Climate Change - Insights From Transport Policy (Hardcover): Ian Bache, Ian Bartle, Matthew Flinders,... Multilevel Governance and Climate Change - Insights From Transport Policy (Hardcover)
Ian Bache, Ian Bartle, Matthew Flinders, Greg Marsden
R2,703 Discovery Miles 27 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on a major three-year research project, this book explores the various roles of political actors and the policies that deal with the governance of reducing transport-related carbon emissions. Using this clear - and globally crucial - example of climate change governance, the authors are able to tease apart a range of debates and dilemmas and to fully explore the nature, pace and significance of core policies designed to tackle climate change. Much research in the field has over-emphasized the international realm and global policy, whereas this text uncovers the huge importance that domestic policy development plays in reducing emissions. It highlights normative positions that lie at the heart of institutional structures, enabling broader debates into the capacity and future of democratic governance.

Europeanization and Multilevel Governance - Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain (Paperback): Ian Bache Europeanization and Multilevel Governance - Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain (Paperback)
Ian Bache
R982 Discovery Miles 9 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Europeanization has become a major theme within European studies in recent years, emphasizing the domestic effects of the EU on its member and applicant states. At the same time, multilevel governance has emerged as an important concept, highlighting shifts both in horizontal relations between state and society and in vertical links between actors at different territorial levels. In this state-of-the-art study, Ian Bache traces the relationship between these two key elements, considering the extent to which Europeanization advances multilevel governance within member states through the requirements of EU cohesion policy. Bache focuses especially on Britain, a member state whose political system has been increasingly characterized by multilevel governance since it became an EU member. Comparing Britain's case to that of ten other member states, the author distinguishes between the EU's effects in simple polities in which voice, influence, and power are diffused through multiple levels and modes of governance and in compound polities, where voice, influence, and power are more concentrated. Bringing together the conceptual tools of multilevel governance and policy networks and developing a framework for using these tools together in future research, this clearly written study will be valuable for scholars and students of EU and British politics."

Evidence, Policy and Wellbeing (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Ian Bache Evidence, Policy and Wellbeing (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Ian Bache
R1,330 Discovery Miles 13 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book analyses the role of evidence in taking wellbeing from an issue that has government attention to one that leads to significant policy change. In doing so, it draws on contributions from political science, policy theory and literature specifically on the evidence and policy relationship. The book has three main aims: to understand the role of evidence in shaping the prospects for wellbeing in public policy; to inform the barriers literature on the use of evidence in policy; and, to inform the multiple streams approach (MSA) to agenda-setting. While the book focuses on developments at UK government level, a number of the findings and arguments presented here have wider significance, both in relation to wellbeing developments elsewhere and to the theoretical literatures on agenda-setting and evidence use. The book draws on insights from interviews with policy-makers and stakeholders that were undertaken as part of the work of the Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Politics of European Union Regional Policy - Multi-Level Governance or Flexible Gatekeeping? (Paperback): Ian Bache Politics of European Union Regional Policy - Multi-Level Governance or Flexible Gatekeeping? (Paperback)
Ian Bache
R2,151 Discovery Miles 21 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides an over-view of the key developments in the politics of European Union regional policy from the creation of the EEC to the present day. The discussion of 'who decides what and to what effect' in relation to regional policy is part of the contemporary academic debate about the nature of politics and policy-making in the EU. Bache argues that no single theory can explain the complex politics of EU regional policy-making. In particular, current theories pay insufficient attention to the importance of implementation in shaping policy outcomes. The book concludes that the application of different analytical tools at different stages of policy-making provides the fullest picture of the politics of EU regional policy. This title is published in conjunction with UACES, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. UACES web site can be found at www.uaces.org

Multi-level Governance (Paperback, New ed): Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders Multi-level Governance (Paperback, New ed)
Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders
R1,602 Discovery Miles 16 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The power and future role of nation states are a topic of increasing importance. The dispersion of authority both vertically to supranational and subnational institutions and horizontally to non-state actors has challenged the structure and capacity of national governments. Multi-level governance has emerged as an important concept for understanding the dynamic relationships between state and non-state actors within territorially overarching networks. Multi-level Governance explores definitions and applications of the concept by drawing on contributions from scholars with different concerns within the broad discipline of Political Studies. It contends that new analytical frameworks that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and epistemological positions are essential for comprehending the changing nature of governance. In this context, this volume undertakes a critical assessment of both the potentialities and the limitations of multi-level governance.

Multi-level Governance (Hardcover, New): Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders Multi-level Governance (Hardcover, New)
Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders
R4,263 Discovery Miles 42 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The role and powers of nation states are a topic of increasing debate. The transfer of competencies upwards to supra-national organizations, sideways to quasi-autonomous actors, and downwards to sub-national authorities has rguably transformed both the structure and capacity of national governments. It is within this context that the concept of multi-level governance has emerged as an approach to understanding the dynamic inter-relationship within and between different levels of governance and government. Moreover, multi-level governance is frequently interpreted as a novel analytical framework with the capacity to challenge and refine traditionally dominant approaches. Multi-Level Governance analyses the ways in which the concept has been applied across different academic and policy territories. The future of nation states vis-a-vis sub-national and supra-national organizations and the increasing fluidity of political power is clearly a fundamental issue for scholars of politics and government. New analytical frameworks that eschew traditional disciplinary boundaries and epistemological positions are needed to comprehend the changing nature of governance. In this context, the volume undertakes a critical assessment of both the potentialities and the limitations of multi-level governance.

Europeanization and Multilevel Governance - Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain (Hardcover): Ian Bache Europeanization and Multilevel Governance - Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain (Hardcover)
Ian Bache
R2,100 Discovery Miles 21 000 Out of stock

Europeanization has become a major theme within European studies in recent years, emphasizing the domestic effects of the EU on its member and applicant states. At the same time, multilevel governance has emerged as an important concept, highlighting shifts both in horizontal relations between state and society and in vertical links between actors at different territorial levels. In this state-of-the-art study, Ian Bache traces the relationship between these two key elements, considering the extent to which Europeanization advances multilevel governance within member states through the requirements of EU cohesion policy. Bache focuses especially on Britain, a member state whose political system has been increasingly characterized by multilevel governance since it became an EU member. Comparing Britain's case to that of ten other member states, the author distinguishes between the EU's effects in simple polities in which voice, influence, and power are diffused through multiple levels and modes of governance and in compound polities, where voice, influence, and power are more concentrated. Bringing together the conceptual tools of multilevel governance and policy networks and developing a framework for using these tools together in future research, this clearly written study will be valuable for scholars and students of EU and British politics."

The Politics of Wellbeing - Theory, Policy and Practice (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Ian Bache,... The Politics of Wellbeing - Theory, Policy and Practice (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Ian Bache, Karen Scott
R2,431 Discovery Miles 24 310 Out of stock

This volume is the first collection in the field of wellbeing studies that places politics centre stage. Through a combination of intellectual inquiry, empirically-grounded research, and investigation across different settings, this book aims to provide fresh insights and develop new lenses through which to understand the rise and significance of the wellbeing agenda. Divided into three parts, it considers how to define wellbeing for public policy; the prospects for wellbeing as a force for political change; and the link between policy agendas and the everyday lives of people. The book explores the key political issues of power, democracy, and the legitimacy of wellbeing evidence in a range of settings - international, national and subnational/substate. The volume will appeal to wellbeing and politics scholars, as well as students and general readers with an interest in these new political agendas.

Evidence, Policy and Wellbeing (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020): Ian Bache Evidence, Policy and Wellbeing (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020)
Ian Bache
R1,309 Discovery Miles 13 090 Out of stock

This book analyses the role of evidence in taking wellbeing from an issue that has government attention to one that leads to significant policy change. In doing so, it draws on contributions from political science, policy theory and literature specifically on the evidence and policy relationship. The book has three main aims: to understand the role of evidence in shaping the prospects for wellbeing in public policy; to inform the barriers literature on the use of evidence in policy; and, to inform the multiple streams approach (MSA) to agenda-setting. While the book focuses on developments at UK government level, a number of the findings and arguments presented here have wider significance, both in relation to wellbeing developments elsewhere and to the theoretical literatures on agenda-setting and evidence use. The book draws on insights from interviews with policy-makers and stakeholders that were undertaken as part of the work of the Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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