Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace. The book presents a range of different approaches, each of which is explained and grounded in practice using case studies, problem-solving scenarios and workplace examples. The practical tools which form the core of the book are contextualised by an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and evidence and the types of assumptions which are commonly held and which have a bearing on practice.

Political Ideologies

Political ideologies
StellaJones-Devitt and LizSmith

This chapter considers some of the major concepts and debates associated with development of political ideology. It provides an overview of key ideas, starting from an examination of some notable historical developments underpinning political theorising to more specific notions identified under the rubric of ‘left-wing’, ‘centre-ground’ and ‘right-wing’ thinking. The chapter covers these three main strands of political ideology, assisting the reader through specific exercises and activities to assess their relative impact upon policy analysis, policy formulation and subsequent service provision. It does not attempt to encompass all divergent political viewpoints but seeks to capture the overarching themes that prevail, thus providing some critical perspectives and application in relation to health and social care.

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