Public Policy and Administration: Ideas, Interests and Institutions

Giandomenico Majone

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Public Policy and Administration: Ideas, Interests and Institutions

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Provides an account of the transformation of policy‐making. From the top‐down state‐centric approach and from the bottom‐up grassroots popularism of the 60s and 70s, policy‐making now reflects an increasing emphasis on the importance of ideas and institutions. How can we understand this shift in emphasis? Offers an account of the contracting approach, on the basis of the growing need for efficiency in public policy, credibility and reputation maintenance, and the rediscovery of the importance of institutions. Theoretical implications of the contracting approach are outlined.

Keywords: contracting; credibility; ideas; institutions; policy development; policy‐making; popularism; public policy; reputation; state‐centrism

Chapter.  7715 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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