Implementing Public Policy: An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance

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9781412947985: Implementing Public Policy: An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance

This Second Edition of Michael Hill and Peter L. Hupe′s popular textbook introduces students to the major themes in public policy implementation and relates them to contemporary developments in thinking about governance. Revised and updated, it includes a new chapter that covers the policy implementation initiatives introduced under the Blair governments in the UK.


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Michael Hill is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy of the University of Newcastle, and Visiting Professor in the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and in the School of Applied Social Science University of Brighton. Michael has published widely on the topic of public policy, and most recently co-edited the SAGE major work Public Policy (with P. Hupe, published 2012). Over the years his research interests have focussed on varied topics such as race relations, unemployment, housing, social security and housing benefit He was given a lifetime achievement award by the Social Policy Association in 2009.

Peter Hupe teaches Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2012–2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His research focuses on the theoretical–empirical study of the policy process, particularly implementation and street-level bureaucracy. In a longstanding collaboration he and Michael Hill have published articles in Public Administration, Public Management Review and Policy and Politics. With Aurélien Buffat they edited Understanding Street-Level Bureaucracy (2015).


The second edition of this key text by two of the leading scholars in the field makes it the primary guide to the study of implementation Martin PowellProfessor of Health and Social Policy, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham 'The second edition of Implementing Public Policy builds on the extremely useful first edition, and is an excellent and timely contribution to the literature on implementation. As well as providing a thorough review of the literature on implementation it makes a number of important contributions to that literature. This volume represents the most extensive and useful treatment of implementation available B. Guy Peters Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh 'This is by far the best textbook ever published on the topic of public policy implementation... Thus, it gives a much needed up-to-date and complete state-of-the-art review of this research field for graduate students and teachers while at the same time serving as an excellent introduction on the topic for those at the undergraduate levelHarald Saetren University of Bergen, Norway 'Greatly enriched by recent scholarship, this second edition is even more valuable to students of public policy theory and governance and to a subfield of public administration and political science whose ranks are growing owing to efforts such as this oneLaurence E Lynn, Jr. Emeritus Professor, University of Chicago 'Implementing Public Policy ...not only gives a detailed overview of state-of the-art theory and research in policy implementation, but also discusses the profound implications of implementation studies for our understanding of the policy-making process. This book is a must-read for all scholars and students interested in public policyRene TorenvliedUtrecht University, The Netherlands This book is based on the authors' well-acclaimed first edition of the same title. Considerable work has gone into updating and re-contextualizing some of their earlier arguments and analysis in the light of an updated research and literature base. The second edition should be as valuable and well received as the first... This is a very useful publication, likely to be the main guide to implementation for some time Duncan McTavish Public Management Review

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