1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Policy Design

Edited By Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee Copyright 2018
    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    484 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Uniting theoretical bases and advancements in practice, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design brings together leading experts in the academic field of policy design in a pioneering effort of scholarship. Each chapter provides a multi-topic overview of the state of knowledge on how, why, where or when policies are designed and how such designs can be improved.

    These experts address how a new emphasis on effective policy design has re-emerged ​in public policy studies in recent years ​and ​clarify the role of historical policy decisions, policy capacities and government intentions in promoting a design orientation towards ​policy formulation and policy-making more generally. They examine many previously unexplored aspects of policy designs and designing activities, which focus upon analyzing and improving the sets of policy tools adopted by governments to correct policy problems. 

    Ranging from the fundamentals of policy design and its place in greater policy studies, to new questions regarding policy design content and ​effectiveness, to contemporary design trends such as the use of digital tools and big data, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design is a comprehensive reference for students and scholars of public policy, public administration and public management, government and business.

    Part 1: Policy Design: From an Old to a New Orientation  1. Introduction: The Importance of Policy Design: Effective Processes, Tools and Outcomes [Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee]  2. The Contexts and Components of Policy Design: Governance Modes and Policy Regimes  [Michael Howlett]  3. Designing Complex Policy Mixes: Elements, Processes and Characteristics  [Karoline S. Rogge]  4. The Promise of Co-Design for Public Policy  [Emma Blomkamp]  Part 2: Policy Problems and Policy Design: Linking Problems and Targets  5. Policy Instruments and Policy Design Choices: Selecting Substantive and Procedural Tools in Public Policymaking  [Michael Howlett]  6. Persuasive Systems Design: Key Issues, Process Model, and System Features  [Harri Oinas-Kukkonen and Marja Harjumaa]  7. Aligning Policy Tools and Their Targets: Nudging and Utility Maximization in Policy Design  [Michael Howlett]  8. Design Thinking in Public Policy  [Michael Mintrom and Joannah Luetjens]  9. Understanding Policy Designs over Time: Layering, Stretching, Patching and Packaging  [Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee, and Jeremy Rayner]  Part 3: Policy Designers - Agency and Actors  10. Thinking Outside the Box? Applying Design Theory to Public Policy  [Mark Considine]  11. Perspectives on Policy Analysis: A Framework for Understanding and Design  [Igor S. Mayer, C. Els van Daalen and Pieter W. G. Bots]  12. Instrument Constituencies: Promoting Policy Designs  [Jan-Peter Voß and Arno Simons]  13. Policy Design and Policy Advisory Systems  [Thurid Hustedt]  14. Policy Design and Conflict  [Saba Siddiki]  Part 4: Reconsidering Foundational and New Policy Tools  15. Nudges and Nodality Tools: New Developments in Old Instruments  [Colin R. Kuehnhanss]  16. Authority Tools: Pervasive, Persistent and Powerful  [Arie Freiberg]  17. Treasure Tools: A Primer on Subsidies  [Ronald Steenblik]  18. Designing Organizational Tools: Tool Choices as Administrative Reforms  [Per Laegreid]  19. Digital Tools for Rapid Policy Design  [Justin Longo]  Part 5: Design Conditions and Contexts  20. Policy Design and Non-Design – A Continuum of Formulation Modalities  [Michael Howlett and Ishani Mukherjee]  21. Linking Policy Design and Implementation Styles  [Jale Tosun and Oliver Treib]  22. Policy Capacity: A Design Perspective [Azad Singh Bali and M Ramesh]  23. Crowdsourcing and Policy Design [Araz Taeihagh]  24. Capacities and Customization in Policy Design [Ishani Mukherjee and Azad Singh Bali]  Part 6: Gauging Effectiveness in Policy Designs  25. Gauging Effectiveness: First and Second-Best Policy Design [Ishani Mukherjee and Michael Howlett]  26. Coherence, Congruence and Consistency in Policy Mixes [Michael Howlett and Jeremy Rayner]  27. Managing Uncertainty: Controlling for Conflicts in Policy Mixes [Pablo del Río]  28. Agility and Robustness as Design Criteria  [Giliberto Capano and J.J. Woo]  29. How to Sequence Policies: The PM-ARM Approach [Araz Taeihagh]


    Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He specializes in public policy analysis and resource and environmental policy.

    Ishani Mukherjee is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Singapore Management University.  She specializes in the environmental and energy policy domain with an emphasis on policy instruments for resource sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

    'This excellent handbook covers the gamut of scholarship on policy design, linking processes to choices and choices to outcomes. Distinguishing between design and non-design (where there is no intention to instrumentally match ends and means to attain policy goals), the editors set the scene for a collection of chapters that address the complex processes through which policy emerges. The contributions cover policy design from different angles – from instrument choice-based versions, to policy mixes, through to the recent ‘design thinking’ turn. For anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of where policy design research has been, and where it might be going, this book is a must.'

    Jenny M Lewis, Professor of Public Policy, The University of Melbourne, Australia  

    'The study of policy design has returned to a central position in the study of public policy. This extensive collection of research on policy design demonstrates the richness of that research, and illustrates a number of important dimensions of design work in public policy. As well as the technical issues of design, the collection points to the political and social context within which design takes place. This is a very high quality collection that will benefit any student of public policy.'

    B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh