Episode Summary

Early intervention sounds great in theory – so what happens in practice? On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, Paul Cairney and Gemma Carey take a look at the challenge of defining, designing and realising preventative policies.

Episode Notes

By intervening early in people’s lives, policymakers can more effectively address social and health problems and inequalities. At least, that’s how the story goes. In reality ‘prevention policies’ often go pear-shaped, even with the most political will in the world. On this week’s podcast, hosts Martyn Pearce and Sue Regan hear from Paul Cairney and Gemma Carey about why policies fail, why that might not always be a bad thing, and how to break the vicious cycle of enthusiasm and disenchantment in policy-making.

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling. His research spans comparative public policy, comparisons of policy theories, international policy processes, and comparisons of UK and devolved policy-making.

Gemma Carey is Associate Professor and Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and an NHMRC Fellow. She undertakes primary research in governance and policy implementation, with much of her research investigating the processes of ‘joining up’ within government and between government and non-government organisations.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Politics & Public Policy – a blog by Paul Cairney

Power to Persuade – a highly regarded symposium that helps build relationships between policymakers, academics and the community sector

Podcast: Getting the measure of global poverty with Caren Grown and Sharon Bessell

Measuring what really matters in global poverty by Sharon Bessell

Downloading firearms by Rod Broadhurst

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This episode of Policy Forum Pod was written and produced by Martyn Pearce and Nicky Lovegrove. It was edited by Martyn Pearce.

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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.