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As fashionable as implementation studies were in the 1970s and 1980s, as en vogue it has become currently, four decades later, to consider implementation as an obsolete research theme. It is clear that in the study of government, new themes and concepts have been put on the agenda. In the ‘age...
A comprehensive literature review a few years ago found, contrary to a commonly held belief, research on public policy implementation to be still alive and have developed further well into the 21st century in quantitative terms. We pursue this line of inquiry by asking whether this conclusion...
Central policymakers, governments, climate researchers, and research funders emphasize the necessity to develop, design, and implement climate change policies. This article investigates how this is dealt with in current social science research by analyzing relevant articles published in...
When Benny Hjern and David Porter announced (perhaps prematurely) the death of the “single lonely organization” in the study of implementation, they initiated the increasing recognition of the complexity of that fundamental policy process. The basic logic of their argument, and of a good deal of...
Contemporary researchers of policy implementation make a plea for explaining variation in policy outputs. At the same time, still much implementation research, dispersed across the social sciences, entails studies of single cases in which a perceived gap between the intentions and the results of...
Since the demise of what has been labelled as the policy-implementation paradigm, the heyday of implementation research appears to be over. This suggests that the issues going back to the ‘top-down/bottom-up’ controversy have been resolved. Central in this article is the exploration of how these...
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