Making Policy Work

Front Cover
Taylor & Francis, Mar 2, 2011 - Political Science - 208 pages
0 Reviews

Many tools are on offer to politicians and other policy-makers when they seek to change policy outcomes. Often they choose to concentrate on one set of tools, but fail to see the costs as well as the benefits – and may not consider the available evidence regarding their effectiveness. This innovative new textbook clearly sets out the main tools of government, and provides an analysis of their efficacy when applied to public problems.

Each chapter examines the relative benefits and costs of using a key tool that is available to improve policy outcomes, drawing on a diverse literature, a large number of empirical studies and a range of contexts. Areas covered include:

  • governments and policy outcomes
  • law and regulation
  • public spending and taxation
  • bureaucracy and public management
  • institutions
  • information, persuasion and deliberation
  • networks and governance.

Offering a clear and comprehensive evaluation, and highlighting the set of powerful tools commonly available, this text encourages students to consider the most effective combination in order to manage key issues successfully. Including a useful glossary of key terms, this book will be of great interest to all students of public policy, administration and management.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

1 The tools of governments and policy outcomes
1
2 Law and regulation
18
3 Public spending and taxation
38
4 Bureaucracy and public management
61
5 Institutions
88
6 Information persuasion and deliberation
116
7 Networks and governance
139
8 Conclusions
154
Glossary
161
Bibliography
168
Index
188
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Public Policy at University College London.

Bibliographic information