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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Understanding Policy Success

Rethinking Public Policy

ISBN 9780230239753
Publication Date September 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

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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