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Implementing Public Policy

Implementing Public Policy
An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance

Fourth Edition (Revised Edition)
  • Michael Hill - Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Peter Hupe - Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven

January 2022 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The only book to focus on implementing public policy, this state-of-the-art text offers a comprehensive and lively account of the major insights found in implementation theory and research. Its exploration of the field provides a reflective overview of work in the study of policy implementation worldwide. In doing so, the book reconceptualizes the policy process to highlight the essential role those implementing policy have in moulding, shaping and directing policy during their work.

Realizing policy goals may be the key to ballot box victory, while policies perceived as failures may symbolise declining trust and confidence in government and politics. As such, implementing policy is as crucial to the actors in power as it is for democracy. Policymakers respond to challenging problems in highly dynamic and pressurised contexts. From the global pandemic to climate change, financial regulation to education, effective policy has never been more important to governments and society – and the role of street-level bureaucrats in implementing policy never so crucial.

This is the seminal work in the field, used by thousands worldwide. Now fully revised and updated, the 20th anniversary edition includes substantial changes and additions. This edition features two entirely new chapters on the consequences of populism and the latest street-level bureaucracy research, as well as extensive examination of comparative cross-national work and a refined and more explicit conceptualization of implementation in terms of its role in governance throughout. The book concludes with an all-new chapter exploring emergent issues on implementation in practice and on the research agenda.

The text is essential reading for anyone interested in public policy, social policy, public administration, public management and governance.

PART I: Implementation as a Scholarly Theme
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Implementation Studies Positioned
Chapter 3: The Top-Down/Bottom-Up Debate and Comprehensive Approaches
Chapter 4: Implementation Theory: Constitutive Elements
PART II: Implementation as Government-In-Action
Chapter 5: The Policy-Implementation Paradigm: Historical Evolution
Chapter 6: Implementation and the Rise of Populism
Chapter 7: Implementation and the Quest for Appropriate Action
PART III: Implementation as Object of Research
Chapter 8: Implementation Research as Governance Analysis
Chapter 9: Street-Level Bureaucracy Research and Implementation Theory
Chapter 10: Doing Implementation Research
Chapter 11: The Policy-Implementation Paradigm: Present and Future
Key features
  • The only book on the market to cover policy implementation – a crucial part of the policy process and vital component of all courses on public administration – in this level of detail.
  • The gold-standard introduction, this book has been a fixture on course reading lists for at least two decades, this modern classic is now comprehensively revised and updated throughout.
  • New content on researching policy implementation and how policy is adapting to account for the rise of populism, the global pandemic and the ongoing climate emergency.
  • Enhanced pedagogy – illustrative examples and key concept boxes – make this edition the most accessible yet.

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