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Culture and Values at the Heart of Policy Making

An Insider’s Guide

By Stephen Muers

Published

1 Jul 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447356158

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

1 Jul 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447356172

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£21.99 £17.59You save £4.40 (20%)
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    Why do so many government policies fail to achieve their objectives? Why are our political leaders not held to account for policy failures?

    Stephen Muers draws on his years of experience as a senior government policymaker, as well as global research with examples ranging from the collapse of the Soviet Union to Cold-War Germany, the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, to expose the crucial impact culture and values have on policy success and political accountability.

    This illuminating study sets out why policymakers need to take culture seriously, how culture and values shape the political system and presents essential practical recommendations for what governments should do differently.

    Stephen Muers has held a wide range of senior policymaking roles. He is currently Head of Strategy at Big Society Capital and a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath.

    Introduction

    What Are Culture and Values?

    Part 1 ~ Why Culture and Values Matter for Public Policy

    Culture Determines Whether Policies Work

    Culture Determines Whether Policies Are Legitimate

    4Arguments about Values and the Purpose of Democracy

    Governments Can't Help Affecting Culture

    Part 2 ~ Culture and Values in the Political System

    Values Voters

    Accountability in a Values-Based System

    Part 3 ~ How Policy Makers Can Take Culture Seriously

    Being Serious About Symbols

    Doing More Locally

    Building Organisations

    Being Smart About Evidence

    Conclusion