Social Context

… a core concept in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105.

Concept description

The social context refers to the set of social and cultural factors that shape policy processes.

The Innovation Policy Platform of the OECD and World Bank (reference below) states:

“The policy-making context refers to the set of political, social, economic and cultural factors that shape policy processes. They include, among other things, the influence of vested interests in policy processes; the professionalism and capacities of public administration, including levels of corruption; the availability of monetary resources, for example, through government taxation and borrowing, for public spending; and the beliefs, ideologies and frameworks that make some interventions appropriate and others impossible. These factors vary from one country to another, having been shaped by history, and change over time – as such, they present challenges to international comparative policy analysis and policy transfer. They are important to consider in policy analysis and in policy design: in the former, as factors for explaining policy success and failure; and in the latter, as barriers or enablers that need to be taken into account in the pursuit of particular policy goals and means.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

The Study of the Socioeconomic Context for Politics and Policy (core topic) in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105.

Source

The Innovation Policy Platform, Policy making contexts, at https://www.innovationpolicyplatform.org/content/policy-making-contexts, accessed 11 December 2018.

Page created by: Alec Wreford and Ian Clark, last modified on 11 December 2018.

Image: Soco Vega, ToK Journal IB Bilingual 2016, at https://tokibbi2016.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/to-what-extent-can-a-cultural-and-social-context-have-an-influence-on-the-comprehension-of-a-text/, accessed 11 December 2018.