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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Implementation
Implementation
Harald Sætren
Introduction

The aim of this chapter is to provide an updated, state-of-the-art assessment of policy implementation research since its early days, based on bibliometric data. This implies charting both the evolution of this research field over time as well as analysing how that has affected its composition/content along a number of salient dimensions. We will use a ‘research generations’ metaphor to describe and analyse how this field of study has evolved over close to half a century towards a ‘third generation research paradigm'. The indicators and motivation of the latter will be used as a benchmark in our assessment with respect to scientific progress in more qualitative terms. The findings and conclusions reported here may be unexpected to ...

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