Use and misuse of evaluation in social policy

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Abstract

A basic question within the social sciences, which is rarely addressed directly or well, is to ask whether the ends of social welfare can ever justify their means. This chapter sheds new light on this issue by examining the relationship between evidence and evaluation in social policy in both the Global North and Global South, as policy-makers seek to address social issues in the design and implementation of new social policies that actively govern conduct. Behavioural regulation is the order of the day. For scholars interested in the development of social policy and the idea of a society as a whole, it is timely to begin the re-evaluation of the very notion of active social policy and society beyond the behavioural policy paradigm. Here we are particularly concerned with the ends and means of the coercive, regulatory policy instruments seeking to control behaviour and the active ethical issues arising from their ‘use’ – and ‘misuse’.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Policy Evaluation
EditorsBent Greve
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
Pages161-182
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2017

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Deeming, C. (2017). Use and misuse of evaluation in social policy. In B. Greve (Ed.), Handbook of Social Policy Evaluation (pp. 161-182). Cheltenham, UK.
Deeming, Christopher. / Use and misuse of evaluation in social policy. Handbook of Social Policy Evaluation. editor / Bent Greve. Cheltenham, UK, 2017. pp. 161-182
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