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Public Policies and Public Administration

Public Policies and Public Administration

Key terms

  • Bureaucracy
  • Garbage can model
  • Incrementalism
  • Neo-institutionalism
  • Path dependence
  • Policy agenda
  • Policy evaluation
  • Policy making
  • Public policy
  • Welfare state


Once decisions are made (see previous chapter), there is the problem of implementing them. This issue is so highly relevant that in the very decision-making process the problem of subsequent implementation is already present. In fact, during that process the actors who are in charge of implementation, namely the administration or public bureaucracy, are very often involved (see below), along with the people who are affected by the decisions, especially when these are elite groups whose interests may be greatly affected. This, in turn, also impacts on the compliance with the decisions that are made. Thus, before entering into an analysis of public policies as such ...

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