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Evidence, Policy and Wellbeing


Part of the Wellbeing in Politics and Policy book series (WPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ian Bache
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ian Bache
    Pages 11-28
  4. Ian Bache
    Pages 29-51
  5. Ian Bache
    Pages 53-78
  6. Ian Bache
    Pages 101-122
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 123-135

About this book


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.


evidence wellbeing UK multiple streams approach agenda-setting policy What Works Centre for Wellbeing subjective wellbeing life satisfaction Scotland Wales Northern Ireland policy stream philosophical debates wellbeing in politics and policy drivers of wellbeing technical feasability value acceptability public acquiescence decision-making

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

About the authors

Ian Bache is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Centre for Wellbeing in Public Policy (CWiPP) at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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