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Søren C. Winter

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 16: Implementation Perspectives: Status and Reconsideration

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Implementation Perspectives: Status and Reconsideration
Implementation perspectives: Status and reconsideration

Although the field of implementation research is barely thirty years old, implementation has already been analyzed from many different perspectives representing different research strategies, evaluation standards, concepts, focal subject areas and methodologies (see the Introduction to this section on Implementation). The purpose of this chapter is two-fold. It first performs a critical review of some of the major contributions to the literature. This examination will follow the development of the field. Commentators have already identified three generations of implementation research (Goggin, 1986), which will be presented and assessed below. These are the pioneers with their explorative case studies, the second generation studies with their top-down and bottom-up research strategies and synthesis models, and a third generation ...

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