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The Policy Design Primer is a concise and practical introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. Guiding students through the study of the instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering their environments, this book:
This readily digestible and informative book provides a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance, featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading.
This book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management as well as more broadly for relevant courses in health, social welfare, environment, development, and local government, as well as those managers and practitioners involved in Executive Education and policy design work on the ground.
"Michael Howlett’s Policy Design Primer usefully distils over forty years of research and practice into a single, highly accessible volume. The bad news is that a surprisingly large amount of public policy fails to deliver what it promises. But armed with this book, students and practitioners are more likely to discover what works, when and for whom – vital pre-requisites for more effective societal problem solving." - Professor Andrew Jordan, University of East Anglia, UK.
"How might governments choose the most appropriate tool for achieving desired policy goals and objectives? How might they uncover innovative and durable solutions? Howlett’s The Policy Design Primer: Choosing the Right Tools for the Job provides, in one place, the critical theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools for making informed decisions in a highly complex and globalized world. The book is must reading for government and bureaucratic officials seeking to manage complex problems that often demand, and can benefit from, drawing on procedural tools that integrate key stakeholders into public management design and practice, and substantive instruments that can steer policy subsystems towards meaningful results. A tour deforce in its integration of conceptual breadth, analytical scope and practical insights." – Professor Benjamin Cashore, Yale University, USA.
Part I: Policy Design in the Modern State
1. Basic Concepts and Vocabulary
2. Systematically Studying Policy Design: The Logic of Tool Use
Part II: The Building Blocks of Policy Designs
3. Organizational Implementation Tools
4. Authoritative Implementation Tools
5. Financial Implementation Tools
6. Information-based Implementation Tools
Part III: Principles for Designing Policies and Programmes
7. Assembling and Evaluating an Effective Policy Design
This series provides high-quality textbooks and teaching materials for upper-level courses on all aspects of public policy as well as policy analysis, design, practice and evaluation. Each text is authored or edited by a leading scholar in the field and aims both to survey established areas and present the latest thinking on emerging topics.