How policy framing is as important as the policy content: The story of the English and Welsh Licensing Act 2003

Greenaway, John (2011) How policy framing is as important as the policy content: The story of the English and Welsh Licensing Act 2003. British Politics, 6 (4). pp. 408-429. ISSN 1746-918X

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Abstract

Alcohol issues have risen in political salience in Britain in recent years, but this is a policy area contested in complex ways. This article tells the rather convoluted story of the 2003 English and Welsh Licensing Act and relates it to some theories about the influence of ideas on the policy process. The policy originated as a regulation and trading one but was broadened out to fit into New Labour's modernisation agenda. The legislation soon became laden with expectations and forebodings, both political and social, that went far beyond its original remit and, once the media had latched on to it, became highly controversial with the accent placed upon ‘24 hour drinking’. The history of the legislation shows how the intellectual framing and departmental policy are intertwined and how Béland's idea of ‘road maps’ being used by policy entrepreneurs has some resonance, but plays down the capacity of the media to divert or influence the policy discourse.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 16:17
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2022 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/35992
DOI: 10.1057/bp.2011.18

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