Implementing Public Policy: Governance in Theory and in Practice

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SAGE, Sep 16, 2002 - Political Science - 231 pages
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 "Evidently, the time has come to describe and assess the shift and its effects on policies per se. And this book does so brilliantly. It takes stock of the relevant literature and also identifies significant theoretical issues as well as practical problems associated with public implementation in the new context of governance. Thus, the book is depicted as a state-of-the-art on public policy implementation"
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Bringing the major current insights in implementation research and theory together, Public Policy, Implementation and Governance reviews the literature on public policy implementation, relating it to contemporary developments in thinking about governance.

The text stresses the continuing importance of a focus upon implementation processes and explores its central relevance to the practice of public administration. In light of the changing nature of governance, Hill and Hupe suggest strategies for both future research on and management of public policy implementation. Their basic approach is two-fold: firstly, to understand the process of implementation and secondly, to address how one might control and affect this process.

Re-exploring the state of the art of the study of implementation as a sub-discipline of political science and public administration, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers in public policy, social policy, public management, public adminstration and governance.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Positioning Implementation Studies
18
The TopdownBottomup Debate
41
The Synthesizers
57
The Rise and Decline of the PolicyImplementation Paradigm
85
The State of the Art
116
Doing Implementation Research
138
Governance and Managing Implementation
160
Conclusions
197
References
205
Index
228
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Understanding Social Policy
Michael Hill
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About the author (2002)

Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy of the University of Newcastle, and Visiting Professor in the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and in the School of Applied Social Science University of Brighton. Michael has published widely on the topic of public policy, and most recently co-edited the SAGE major work Public Policy (with P. Hupe, published 2012). Over the years his research interests have focussed on varied topics such as race relations, unemployment, housing, social security and housing benefit He was given a lifetime achievement award by the Social Policy Association in 2009.

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