Designing Public Policies

Principles and Instruments

By Michael Howlett

© 2011 – Routledge

242 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This textbook provides a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. Howlett seeks to examine in detail the range of substantive and procedural policy instruments that together comprise the toolbox from which governments select specific tools expected to resolve policy problems.

Guiding students through the study of the instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering, their environments, this book:

  • Discusses several current trends in instrument use often linked to factors such as globalization and the increasingly networked nature of modern society.
  • Considers the principles behind the selection and use of specific types of instruments in contemporary government.
  • Evaluates in detail the merits, demerits and rationales for the use of specific organization, regulatory, financial and information-based tools and the trends visible in their use
  • Addresses the issues of instrument mixes and their (re)design in a discussion of the future research agenda of policy design.

Providing a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance and featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading, this book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management.

Table of Contents

Part I - Introduction:Policy Design and the Modern State 1. Understanding Contemporary Policy Mixes Part II - Systematically Studying Policy Design 2. Key Definitions and Concepts in the Study of Policy Design 3. Policy Design as Policy Formulation 4. Policy Design and Implementation Tool Choices Part III - The Elements of Policy Design 5. Organizational Implementation Tools 6. Authoritative Implementation tools 7. Financial Implementation Tools 8. Information-Based Implementation Tools Part IV - Policy Designs and Governance Modes Re-Visited 9. Contemporary Policy Designs 10. Conclusion: Towards a New Generation of Policy Design Studies

About the Author

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, specializing in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy.

About the Series

Routledge Textbooks in Policy Studies

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General