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School of Politics and International Relations

POL396 British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945: Ideas, Interests and Institutions

POL396 British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945: Ideas, Interests and Institutions (POL396A - Autumn)

Credits: 15
Semester: A

Module Convenor: Dr Patrick Diamond
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: This module will focus on the process of policy-making in Britain since 1945, while addressing the substantive content of key economic and social policies enacted since the Second World War. Particular attention will be paid to the role of ideas, the intellectual and ideological rationale that has been used to justify distinctive policies, and the broader context created by state, society and economy. The course will begin by analysing the relationship between ideas, interests and institutions in the British policy-making process, establishing a theoretical and conceptual approach drawing on comparative analyses and frameworks. The course will then proceed to examine a series of key topics and themes in post-war economic and social policy.

Assessment:

Report – 1500 words (35%) and 2 hour exam (65%)

Autumn only associates: Report – 1500 words (35%) Essay – 2000 words (65%)

Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None
Level: 6