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Implementing Public Policy
An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance

Third Edition
  • Michael Hill - Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Peter Hupe - Erasmus University, Rotterdam


© 2014 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Building on the success of the previous two editions, this book provides students with an exemplary overview of the theory and practice of public policy implementation and how it relates to contemporary public management. In doing so, this new edition makes use of more illustrative examples, delves further into researching implementation and explores issues about the relationship between policy formulation and implementation in greater depth.

Written for an international audience, this is essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying or conducting research in public policy, social policy, public management, public administration and governance.

 
Introduction
Introduction  
Structure of the book  
Some matters of definition  
Notes  
 
Positioning Implementation Studies
Introduction  
Concerns about implementation: Historical origins  
The rule of law  
The idea of democracy and its implications  
Public Administration and Public Management  
Institutional theory  
Postmodernist theory  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
Implementation Theory: The Top-Down/Bottom-Up Debate
The discovery of the ‘missing link’  
The classical top-down authors  
The bottom-up challenge  
Conclusion  
 
Implementation Theory
The search for a synthesis  
Where does implementation begin  
Layers in policy processes  
Networks: Broadening the horizontal dimension  
Managing performance: Redefining the vertical dimension  
Differentiating policy types  
Including responses of affected actors  
Conclusion  
 
Implementation and Governance
Introduction  
The age of interventionism  
The age of the market and corporate government  
The age of neo-interventionism  
Assessment  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
Implementation Theory and the Study of Governance
Introduction  
The stages model of the policy process  
Alternative analytical frameworks  
The Multiple Governance Framework  
Studying implementation as governance research  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
Researching Implementation
Introduction  
Defining studies of implementation  
Explaining what needs explanation  
Isolating implementation  
Dealing with layers  
Specifying inter-organizational relationships  
Differentiating agency responses  
Identifying stakes  
Recognizing macro-parameters  
Quantitative versus qualitative studies  
Conclusion  
 
Implementation in Context
Introduction  
Implementation in practice  
The quest for appropriate action  
Policy settings  
Institutional environments  
Operational governance in context  
Conclusion  
Notes  
 
The Future of Implementation Studies
Introduction  
The objective of studying implementation  
The study of governance in operation  
Promising developments  
Conclusion  

This updated edition consolidates its position as the leading text on implementation, and is fast approaching the status of a ’modern classic’. With its comprehensive coverage of the field by two leading scholars, it will be valuable to both students and specialists.

Professor Martin Powell
University of Birmingham

The Third Edition of Implementing Public Policy enhances what has become the gold standard for navigating the literature about policy design, implementation, and governance.  This edition serves as a clarion call for rethinking how policies serve as instruments for governing.

Peter J. May
Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics, University of Washington

In this new edition, Michael Hill and Peter Hupe provide an essential handbook to students, teachers, and practitioners of the art of implementation. The authors' thoughtful and theoretically-informed perspective brings clarity and insight to the study and practice of implementation.

Professor Evelyn Brodkin
University of Chicago

Hill's Implementing Public Policy is essential reading for all students in public policy. It gives a clear overview about the subject and balanced view on theories and empirical applications. It is well suited for any undergraduate course on policy making, implementation and evaluation.

Dr Stephan Koeppe
Social Science , University College Dublin
August 1, 2016

of relevance to final year and postgraduate students in the discipline of social policy

Mr Joseph Finnerty
Social Science , University College Cork (NUI)
April 29, 2016

As supplementary reading for PhD students

Professor Lisheng Dong
Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
January 27, 2016

Good source for students

Professor Pedro Correia
Public Administration, Univ. of Lisbon
June 27, 2014

Excellent up-date to second edition in terms of recent literature and wider debates about governance.

Book is suitable for PG and UG students

Professor Bruce Stafford
School of Sociology and Social Policy, Nottingham University
June 17, 2014
Key features

New to the Third Edition of Implementing Public Policy:

  • More use of illustrative examples
  • More exploration of the issues about researching implementation (in chapter 7)
  • More exploration of the issues about the relationship between policy formulation and implementation
  • More use of illustrative examples
  • More exploration of the issues about researching implementation (in chapter 7)
  • More exploration of the issues about the relationship between policy formulation and implementation

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Nine: The Future of Implementation Studies


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