Policy Implementation

So, after all the agenda-denial efforts, and the  agenda-setting battles, and the policy formulation battles, and the decision making battles, a policy that becomes ‘official’ then has to be implemented.

Yeah, good luck with that.

There’s a baseline of human incompetence (usually forgotten), events dear boy events, resistance from vested interests.  And the one thing that might help – forensic scrutiny from social movements – is almost certainly missing, because those social movements have declared victory and moved on to the next pressing issue…  So, the bureaucrats get to be more-than-usually incompetent, and nothing ever changes…

Not to be cynical or anything…

Robichau, R. and Lynn, L. 2009. The Implementation of Public Policy: Still the Missing Link. Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 pp. 21-36.
See also Symbolic Implementation and political implementation

 

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