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Implementing public policy : governance in theory and practice

Author: Michael J Hill; Peter L Hupe
Publisher: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2002.
Series: Sage politics texts.
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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.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hill, Michael J. (Michael James), 1937-
Implementing public policy.
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2002
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Hill; Peter L Hupe
ISBN: 0761966285 9780761966289 0761966293 9780761966296 9781412932431 1412932432
OCLC Number: 49595063
Description: xii, 231 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 2 Positioning Implementation Studies 18 --
Concerns about implementation: historical origins 20 --
The rule of law 22 --
The implications of the idea of democracy 28 --
Institutional theory 32 --
Postmodernist theory 37 --
3 Implementation Theory: The Top-down/Bottom-up Debate 41 --
The discovery of the 'missing link' 41 --
The classical top-down writers 44 --
The bottom-up challenge 51 --
4 Implementation Theory: The Synthesizers 57 --
Key contributions 57 --
5 The Rise and Decline of the Policy-Implementation Paradigm 85 --
The first phase 86 --
Distance in prosperity 91 --
Pragmatism in the new millennium 96 --
Evaluation 105 --
The future of implementation studies 112 --
6 Implementation Research: The State of the Art 116 --
Dependent variables 120 --
Independent variables 123 --
7 Doing Implementation Research 138 --
Quantification 141 --
The dependent variable 145 --
Handling the formation/implementation relationship in research 147 --
Levels and layers in the implementation process 149 --
Horizontal inter-organizational relationships 150 --
Looking at part of the process 151 --
Causal versus manipulable variables 152 --
A worked example 153 --
8 Governance and Managing Implementation 160 --
The practice of managing implementation 161 --
Policy recommendations in implementation studies 167 --
The quest for appropriate action 175 --
Governance in context 181 --
Managing implementation 187 --
Implementation as operational governance 193 --
Appendix Notes on the Survey of Empirical Articles 201.
Series Title: Sage politics texts.
Responsibility: Michael Hill and Peter Hupe.
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