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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


May 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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