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Laurence J. O'Toole Jr

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 18: Interorganizational Relations in Implementation

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Interorganizational Relations in Implementation
Interorganizational relations in implementation

Policy implementation is an important and arduous task in many kinds of institutional settings. It is clear, nevertheless, that implementation issues are at their thorniest — and most interesting — in interorganizational contexts. This chapter frames the subject of implementation especially as it relates to public administration, with a particular focus on interorganizational settings. The analysis considers how interorganizational relations can influence the implementation process, and what some of the practical implications might be for those who are responsible for trying to manage for policy success.

The first section of the chapter frames the analysis by showing that interorganizational settings are both very common and also particularly challenging venues in which to effect implementation success. This section also indicates ...

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