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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2010): Services for the disabled - overseas

The making of Jamaica's 'National Policy for Persons with Disabilities 2000': macro, meso and micro factors

J.-A. Ricketts

Disability and Society, vol. 25, 2010, p. 551-564

This analysis centres on exploring how a macro-meso-micro framework can be used to understand the influence of intra-societal and extra-societal factors in different stages of policy development, using the case of the Jamaican National Policy for Persons with Disabilities 2000. The study synthesises Easton's systems approach to policy-making with Lasswell's classic stagist approach as a tool for discussing the policy development process in Jamaica. It is argued that a combination of macro, meso and micro factors created an 'opportunity' for the national policy's development, which represents a paradigm shift in Jamaican disability policy.

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