Policy Implementation

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  • Many assume that the policy process ends when a law is passed. In practice, policy implementation marks the beginning of government activity that will affect the daily lives of citizens. Policy implementation involves assigning institutional resources within the bureaucracy to enact the policy program. Much of the work of imple mentation is in the hands of public managers and personnel who work in federal, state, and local agencies. Three activities—organization, interpretation, and application—are considered critical factors for successful implementation. Organization requires the establish ment of resources, offices, and methods necessary to set the implementation wheels in motion. Interpretation involves the process of translating legislation into policy actions. In many instances, public managers are charged with translating vague legislative language and requirements into concrete programs ...

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