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ERIC Number: EJ1151571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Performing Compliance: The Work of Local Policy Workers during the Implementation of National Health Promotion Guidelines
Wimmelmann, Camila Lawaetz
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v13 n3 p417-432 Aug 2017
Guidelines are increasingly used to regulate how local authorities engage in practices. Focusing on the Danish national health promotion guidelines, this article reveals that the local policy workers did not implement the guidelines as proposed. Using a dramaturgical framework, it illustrates how the local policy workers front-staged some practices in the implementation process and back-staged others. The local policy workers deliberately performed "guideline compliance" by using information control and impression management techniques. The findings suggest that local guideline compliance should be regarded as a staged performance in which deliberate techniques are used to produce and manage certain impressions of compliance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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