PolicyAnalysis and Social Transformation: Making Connections Between Policy Fields and Contemporary Social Life

  • Amanda ElliotEmail author
Part of the Methodos Series book series (METH, volume 9)


Transformations in one policy field do not usually happen in a vacuum. They are often connected, in ways that are sometimes not obvious, with what is happening in other policy fields and with broader social transformations. This response chapter builds on Goodwin’s discussion in Chapter 15, arguing that the What’s the Problem Represented to be? approach to policy research and analysis is also useful in enabling researchers to map meaningful transformations between policy fields, as well as transformations in relations between states, markets and citizens. Using an example ofhealth care financing, the chapter shows how this policyanalysis framework could be applied in practice.


Private Health Insurance Northern Territory Policy Problem Discursive Practice Core Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social PolicyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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