Policy Tools: Analysis, Choice and Action

 [This paper was originally written in 2005 but the arguments it makes are still relevant to today’s debates about policymaking?]


This paper seeks to lay out some of the issues surrounding policy formulation and implementation from a ‘tools of policy’ perspective. This is a relatively underdeveloped approach in public policy but one which offers some tangible benefits in expanding the scope of policy choices and developing more realistic analytical, diagnostic and evaluative tools. Continue reading

An interesting experiment: the Guardian science-blog – academia meets the press?

As a further contribution to discussions about academic public policy blogging, here is a brief account of the experiment with The Guardian and science policy.

[See important update below – these sites have now closed.]

By James Wilsdon

In 2012, the Guardian’s science section embarked on an editorial experiment with a group of around 15 academic bloggers – inviting them to edit and write regularly for a family of science blogs on the Guardian website  https://www.theguardian.com/science/series/science-blog-network. [NB Now closed] Continue reading


University-based public policy blog sites are growing in number in the UK. Why?

Partly, this is obviously driven by the so-called “impact” agenda – Universities proving the worth of their research to funding agencies, Government, the media and the public. Impact on public policy is an important part of “impact”.

So why blog sites? A University public policy blogsite offers two huge advantages. Continue reading