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The Indeterminacy of Choice: Political, Policy and Organisational Implications

Clarke, John, Smith, Nick, Vidler, Elizabeth (2006) The Indeterminacy of Choice: Political, Policy and Organisational Implications. Social Policy and Society, 5 (03). pp. 327-336. ISSN 1474-7464. E-ISSN 1475-3073. (doi:10.1017/S1474746406003010) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:44829)

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Abstract

Choice has become a central – and much debated – theme of New Labour's approach to the reform of public service. In this article we examine the conditions and consequences of the indeterminacy of choice in political discourse, policy development and organisational dynamics. We suggest that the under-specification of choice in political and policy settings risks devolving the stresses of indeterminacy to service organisations and their interactions with the public. We explore some of the public's ambivalence about choice and public services and conclude by offering two ways of thinking about the indeterminacy of choice – treating choice as a condensate and as a proxy

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1474746406003010
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - 10.1017/S1474746406003010 [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Nick Smith
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 16:17 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44829 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smith, Nick: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9793-6988
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