Implementing Public Policy An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance

ISBN-10: 1412947995

ISBN-13: 9781412947992

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Michael Hill, Peter L. Hupe, Michael J. Hill

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This Second Edition of Michael Hill and Peter L. Hupe's popular textbook introduces students to the major themes in public policy implementation and relates them to contemporary developments in thinking about governance. The heart of the book develops a basic two-fold approach-firstly, to understand the processes of implementation and secondly, to address how these might be controlled and influenced. In light of the constantly changing nature of governance, the authors suggest strategies for the future management of public policy implementation and the development of research agendas. Designed for an international audience, this is a core text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying or conducting research in public policy, social policy, public management, public administration, and governance.
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List price: $75.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Structure of the Book
Some matters of definition
Positioning Implementation Studies
Concerns about implementation: Historical origins
The rule of law
The implications of the idea of democracy
Public Administration and Public Management
Institutional theory
Postmodernist theory
The Top-Down/Bottom-Up Debate
The discovery of the 'missing link'
The classical top-down authors
The bottom-up challenge
Implementation Theory
The search for a synthesis
Where does implementation begin
Layers in policy processes
Networks: Broadening the horizontal dimension
Managing performance: Redefining the vertical dimension
Differentiating policy types
Including responses of affected actors
Implementation and Governance
The age of interventionism
The age of the market and corporate government
The age of neo-interventionism
Implementation Theory and the Study of Governance
The stages model of the policy process
Alternative analytical frameworks
The Multiple Governance Framework
Studying implementation as governance research
Researching Implementation
Defining studies of implementation
Explaining what needs explanation
Isolating implementation
Dealing with layers
Specifying inter-organizational relationships
Differentiating agency responses
Identifying stakes
Recognizing macro-parameters
Quantitative versus qualitative studies
Implementation in Context
Implementation in practice
The quest for appropriate action
Policy settings
Institutional environments
Operational governance in context
The Future of Implementation Studies
The objective of studying implementation
The study of governance in operation
Promising developments
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