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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Implementation and the Governance Problem: A Pressure Participant Perspective
Authors: Cairney, Paul
Contact Email: p.a.cairney@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: agenda setting
devolution
elite interviews
governance
implementation
interest groups
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Cairney P (2009) Implementation and the Governance Problem: A Pressure Participant Perspective, Public Policy and Administration, 24 (4), pp. 355-377.
Abstract: This article has two aims: to qualify the UK government's ‘problem' of governance in a comparison with Scotland and Wales, and to use implementation studies (the ancestors of the new governance literature) to explore policy developments since devolution in Britain. It presents a puzzling finding from extensive interview research: that while we may expect UK government policy to suffer a bigger ‘implementation gap' based on distinctive governance problems (such as greater service delivery fragmentation and the unintended consequences of top-down policy styles), pressure participants in Scotland and Wales are more likely to report implementation failures. Using a ‘top-down' framework, it explores three main explanations for this finding: that the size of the implementation gap in England is exaggerated by a focus on particular governance problems; that pressure participant dissatisfaction follows unrealistic expectations in the devolved territories; and that the UK government undermines devolved policy implementation, by retaining control of key policy instruments and setting the agenda on measures of implementation success.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/15954
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952076709340508
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Public Policy and Administration October 2009 vol. 24 no. 4 355-377 by SAGE. The original publication is available at http://ppa.sagepub.com/content/24/4/355.short
Affiliation: Politics

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