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Policies can have lives of their own

Ministers like to give the impression that their statements will set a long-term stable course for policy. But the reality is altogether different

Phil Goodwin
10 December 2010
The ten-year plan: went to an early grave
The ten-year plan: went to an early grave

Policy Determine and implementation are usually described as an ‘art’ (compared with the claims of ‘science’ for traffic forecasting and appraisal) and, if analytical techniques are ever used, they most frequently come from the fields of politics or sociology, relying heavily on description of the contest for power and influence among different vested interests. Nothing wrong with that, in principle, but there is what I see as an emerging new discipline of policy...

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Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England, Bristol, and emeritus professor at University College London. Email: philinelh@yahoo.com



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