‘Policy work’ is increasingly conducted by public managers at different levels of seniority, and in a variety of settings. This significant collection of readings focuses on the discussion of how policy work happens, whether that involves bringing a policy-making process to fruition or the implementation of policy.
The ideas included here draw on many different academic disciplines including economics, political science, social policy, international relations, organizational behaviour and psychology. The book is divided into four key sections, each with an introduction by the editors, covering:
This key text equips the reader with the fundamental knowledge and the essential ability required to critically analyze the key theoretical, conceptual and operational approaches to the development and management of public policy. Containing timeless papers that are the building blocks of understanding public policy, this important volume allows the reader to analyze new issues in appropriate contexts and one’s own setting.
Acknowledgements Introduction to Book Part 1: Understanding Policy Processes 1. Explaining Policy Change 2. Implementation Studies: Time for a Revival? 3. Public Management and Policy Networks: Foundations of a Network Approach to Governance? 4. Village Life in Civil Service Society: Department-Treasury Bargaining 5. Inheritance Before Choice in Public Policy Part 2: Governance Contexts 6. The Return of the Public Domain after the Triumph of Markets 7. Governance at Three Levels 8. The State and Innovations in Economic Governance 9. Globalization: What’s New? What’s Not? (And So What?) 10. Taking Embedded Liberalism Global: The Corporate Connection 11. Communitarianism, Deliberation, Direct Democracy and Governance 12. Service Users, Social Policy and the Future of Welfare Part 3: Instruments and Discourses 13. Regulation Choices 14. Is the Emperor in his Underwear? An Analysis of the Impacts of Public Management Reform 15. The Post-Bureaucratic Organization and Public Service Values 16. Joined-Up Government: The Politics of Partnership 17. Public-Private Partnerships: An Introduction 18. Scrutiny Through Inspection and Audit: Policies, Structures and Processes 19. Measurement and its Pitfalls Part 4: Leadership in Policy Work 20. Mobilising for Adaptive Work 21. Organizational Strategy in the Public Sector 22. Beyond Command and Control: Redesigning Services from the Bottom Up 23. Acting for a Divided, Uncertain Society