Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington are Dashed in Oakland : Or, why It's Amazing that Federal Programs Work at All, this Being a Saga of the Economic Development Administration as Told by Two Sympathetic Observers who Seek to Build Morals on a Foundation of Ruined Hopes

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Business & Economics - 281 pages
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Three substantial new chapters and a new preface in this third edition explore and elaborate the relationship between the evaluation of programs and the study of their implementation. The authors suggest that tendencies to assimilate the two should be resisted. Evaluation should retain its enlightenment function while the study of implementation should strengthen its focus on learning.
  

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Classic piece on Policy Implementation. Despite the publication date I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject today.

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Implementation was a nice account of a federal effort to relieve a city riddled with hyper-unemployment. The authors offer their suggestions as to why the program failed and what could be done for ... Read full review

Contents

APPEARANCES
1
FORMULATING POLICY
7
TRIALS OF IMPLEMENTATION
35
BUSINESS LOANS
70
THE COMPLEXITY OF JOINT ACTION
87
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
125
ECONOMIC THEORY AND PROGRAM
147
IMPLEMENTATION AS EVOLUTION 1979
163
WHAT SHOULD EVALUATION MEAN
182
IMPLEMENTATION AS MUTUAL
183
IMPLEMENTATION AS EXPLORATION 1983
232
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Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) was considered one of the most innovative and prolific scholars in the field of political research, particularly in the field of risk. At the time of his death, he was a professor of political science and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focused on reintroducing the importance of culture to political science and he was most famous for his role in developing the cultural theory of risk.

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