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Palgrave Macmillan

Understanding Policy Success

Rethinking Public Policy

ISBN 9780230239746
Publication Date September 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Success and failure are key to any consideration of public policy but there have been remarkably few attempts to assess systematically the various dimensions and complex nature of policy success. This important new text fills the gap by developing a systematic framework and offering an entirely new way of introducing students to policy analysis.

ALLAN MCCONNELL is Professor of Government at the University of Strathclyde, UK. He teaches and researches at the University of Strathclyde and at the University of Sydney and has published extensively on different aspects of public policy.

Introduction: The Thorny Problem of Policy Success
Perspectives On Success: The State of the Discipline
Policy Success: Definitions and Dimensions
Dissecting Success: The Spectrum From Success to Failure
Complexity: The Problem of Identifying and Measuring Success
Framing Success: Claims, Counter-Claims and Agenda Impact
Strategies for Policy Making Success: understanding Opportunities and Risks
Strategies For Evaluating Success: Understanding Payoffs and Pitfalls
Reflections: Cultivating, Sustaining, Learning From and Predicting Success
Conclusion: Rethinking Public Policy and Shining a Light in Dark Corners


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