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Psychological Government

The purpose of the British Psychological Society's Psychological Government Programme is to identify, develop, and deliver a psychological approach to policy-making which places people first.

For further information please contact [email protected]

What is psychological government?

Terms such as ‘place-making’, ‘people-centred’ and ‘wellbeing’ are back on the policy agenda. These are all new potential approaches to developing policy. There is an appetite in government for a ‘new way of doing things’ and developing an evidence-based policy-making framework.

However, while the need to bring people (and their psychology) into the policy-making process is well understood, there is often a lack of clarity regarding how this can be done. Policies fail and governments don’t get re-elected if they don’t connect with the people they serve.

This can be linked to an inherent flaw or missed opportunity within the design of the policy itself; a lack of understanding of the environmental or social contexts – namely place; or the failure to understand and include the people affected by these decisions which can in turn lead to feelings of inequality, disenfranchisement, stigma and populism.

It is at this junction between people, place and policy that psychology and psychologists can provide insights, expertise and frameworks of thinking.

The BPS Psychological Government Programme aims to offer a way to move past these barriers by identifying, developing and delivering a psychological approach to policy-making, which places people first.

For further information please contact [email protected]

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