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Promoting Transitions in Practice
Promoting transitions in practice

In exploring the potential for developing practice-oriented approaches to public policy, we move out from the shelter of the previous chapters and from the protected space they have provided for cultivating the different stages of our account. In this chapter we confront a more rugged environment in which theories, like practices, compete with each other for advocates and carriers.

When moving into this territory, and when thinking about what it means to produce useful and relevant research, it is important to remember that social theories do not lead directly to prescriptions for action. In allowing us to understand the world in a particular way, they are nonetheless relevant for how policy agendas and problems are defined and framed and ...

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