Operationalising inclusive growth: can malleable ideas survive metricised governance?

Hill O'Connor, C. , Smith, K., Hughes, C., Meier, P. and Purshouse, R. (2023) Operationalising inclusive growth: can malleable ideas survive metricised governance? Public Administration, (doi: 10.1111/padm.12916) (Early Online Publication)

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Advocates of inclusive growth claim it provides policymakers with a means of combining economic success with social inclusivity, making it highly attractive across a wide range of settings. Here, we explore how three UK policy organisations (a devolved national government, a city region combined authority, and a local council) are pursuing inclusive growth goals. Drawing on 51 semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis and policy ethnography, we argue that inclusive growth is a classic ‘chameleonic idea’, strategically imbued with malleable qualities that serve to obscure substantive, unresolved tensions. These characteristics are helpful in achieving alliances, both within policy organisations and between these organisations and their multiple stakeholders. However, these same qualities make inclusive growth challenging to operationalise, especially in governance settings dominated by metrics. The process of representing a malleable idea via a set of metricised indicators involves simplification and stabilisation, both of which risk disrupting the fragile coalitions that malleability enables.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (MR/S037578/1), which is funded by the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (Welsh Government), Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Natural Environment Research Council, Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), The Health Foundation and Wellcome.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hill OConnor, Dr Clementine and Meier, Professor Petra
Authors: Hill O'Connor, C., Smith, K., Hughes, C., Meier, P., and Purshouse, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Public Administration
ISSN (Online):1467-9299
Published Online:02 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 John Wiley and Sons
First Published:First published in Public Administration 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
313944System-science Informed Public Health and Economic Research for non-communicable Disease Prevention (the SIPHER consortium)Petra MeierMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/S037578/2HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit