The Third Edition of this successful textbook introduces students to the major concepts, models, and approaches surrounding the public sector. Now fully updated to include coverage of the New Public Management (NPM), The Public Sector is the most comprehensive textbook on theories of public policy and public administration. The Public Sector is introduced within a three-part framework: public resource allocation, redistribution and regulation. Jan-Erik Lane explains the basic concepts of each of these broad areas, and goes on to examine their consequences for various approaches to the making and implementation of public policy. The book explores models of management, effectiveness and

Implementation Models

Implementation models

Implementation models were suggested in response to the neglect of the various stages of policy execution after the enactment of policies at the governmental level, the missing link as it was called. When using implementation models the basic problem is to design some institutional mechanisms by which implementation may work, if indeed implementation in the sense of goal achievement is at all workable.

Paul A. Sabatier, a pioneer in implementation analysis, raises some fundamental questions about the nature of implementation in a review of the present state of implementation theory (Sabatier, 1986). Although Sabatier's analysis of the two competing models of implementation – top-down versus bottom-up implementation – as well as his attempt to launch a third model – a kind of coalition ...

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