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Susanne MacGregor (ed.) (2010), Responding to Drug Misuse: Research and Policy Priorities in Health and Social Care. Hove, Sussex: Routledge. £39, pp. 247, hbk.

Hammersley, Richard

Authors

Richard Hammersley R.Hammersley@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This article begins by examining the possible meanings of ‘sustainability’, and argues that most meanings are prescriptive rather than descriptive in nature: they tend, either overtly or covertly, to recommend the particular end-states that writers desire. The article then looks at the threats to leadership sustainability, suggesting that a lack of sustainability is not only caused by excessive volume of work and lack of preparation for the role, but also by how different stakeholders view the role. Greater sustainability, it is proposed, comes from recognizing the ‘wicked’ rather than the ‘tame’ nature of the role, and of the need to apply solutions which reflect the ‘wicked’ nature of many leadership challenges. Finally, links are made between leadership sustainability and the sustainability of larger social, economic and environmental systems, suggesting that they have many similar causes and many similar remedies.

Citation

Hammersley, R. (2011). Susanne MacGregor (ed.) (2010), Responding to Drug Misuse: Research and Policy Priorities in Health and Social Care. Hove, Sussex: Routledge. £39, pp. 247, hbk. Journal of Social Policy, 40(1), 202-203. doi:10.1017/s0047279410000802

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2011
Online Publication Date Dec 14, 2010
Publication Date 2011-01
Journal JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY
Print ISSN 0047-2794
Electronic ISSN 1469-7823
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
Pages 202-203
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0047279410000802
Keywords Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Public Administration; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/409736
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-social-policy/article/susanne-macgregor-ed-2010-responding-to-drug-misuse-research-and-policy-priorities-in-health-and-social-care-hove-sussex-routledge-39-pp-247-hbk/528B46CDA611F99632CF4D4653295A94