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Part Two Politics Introduction The chapters in Part I share an interest in the exploration of meanings generated within and by ‘policy’: as a concept; as a means to draw social and economic boundaries; and as the more tangible expression of abstract values. What they also have in common, however, is recognition that policy is essentially political. As Richard Jenkins points out, in many languages ‘policy’ and ‘politics’ are described by the same word. David Phillips and Jo Britton make clear the connection between policy as values, policy as

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PART 2 Practising politics

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PART 1 Thinking politically

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RESEARCH ARTICLE What are the politics of love? Roger Haydon Mitchell Honorary Research Fellow, Politics, Philosophy & Religion Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK ABSTRACT Beginning with the examples of Jeremy Corbyn’s and Bishop Michael Curry’s appeal to love, the article exposes love as an alternative power to sovereignty. Taking three seminal insights from African American Professor Bell Hooks on the importance of love’s definition, love as a force and the rootedness of love in childhood experience, the article examines the etymology of the word

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Part Two Engendering politics?

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Policy & Politics vol 29 no 2 171 © The Policy Press, 2001 • ISSN 0305 5736 Administrative reform and political power in the United States B. Guy Peters Policy & litics vol 29 no 2: 171–79 English Administrative reforms have received a great deal of scholarly attention but substantive reform has been proceeding at the same time as their implementation system is being changed. These two strands of reform often have very different assumptions about public policy and about the politics that lie behind the policies. This article examines administrative reform

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INTRODUCTION Cultivating new post-secular political space Roger Haydon Mitchell Honorary Research Fellow, Politics, Philosophy & Religion Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK; Member of Faculty, Westminster Theological Centre, Cheltenham, UK ABSTRACT The emergence of post-secular new political space is increasingly recognised as both urgent challenge and beckoning opportunity for innovative political intervention. The concept is framed around three defining characteristics. Firstly, it refers to socio-economic space vacated by government and demarcated

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Race has been a prominent public policy issue in the UK for decades and there is growing interest in academia, but it is often caught in a repetitive cycle of progress and regress. This book analyses and bridges that gap by providing a unique insight into the relationship between race and ethnicity scholarship and the reality of ‘real world’ policy and politics.

Drawing on the author’s academic work as well as his background working in public policy bodies, it goes beyond ‘impact’ debates, public sociology, diversity and post-race, to examine the changing context for researching race and racism, including media and policy debates and the ways in which institutional racism has played out in public policy settings since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

Combining theory and applied policy analysis in an accessible way, it guides the reader through the cultural and political changes in race and racism in recent decades and identifies the challenges and opportunities for policy and politically-engaged scholarship in future, clearly mapping the pitfalls and possibilities for critical work on race and racism.

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105 Part Two: Contemporary political (dis)engagements

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In this chapter, I move on to a theorization of the motivations behind activism, drawing on the narratives of women activists examined in Chapter 4 . As discussed there, numerous studies have explored the driving forces behind various social movements and cases of political activism. Nonetheless, there is a dearth of theorization founded on their empirical data. This is particularly the case for extant studies on North Korean women defectors’ experiences, which are largely drawn from their oral testimonies, and is due to a lack of research on women’s activism

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