I’ve just published a new article with Lorraine Godden entitled Theorising career guidance policymaking: watching the sausage get made. In it we look at the process of policymaking and ask how this shapes the kind of career guidance policy that gets made.
We propose a framework for understanding career guidance policy which uses a systems theory approach informed by Gramscian theories of politics and power to make sense of the complexity. Firstly, we argue that career guidance policy is made by and for people and that there is a need to recognise all of the political and civil society actors involved. Secondly, we argue that policymaking comprises a series of ideological, technical and practical processes. Finally, we contend that policymaking takes place in a complex, multi-level environment which is can be described across three levels as the policy framing, middle and street level tiers.
We hope that this framework and the paper that supports it will be useful both to those interested in analysing career guidance policy and to those involved in making and influencing it.
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