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Public Policy Formation and Implementation

Public Policy Formation and Implementation
John McLevey Ryan Deschamps


This chapter introduces contemporary approaches to research on public policy formation and implementation developed by sociologists, political scientists, and interdisciplinary social scientists. We have taken this broad view because most of the major theories of public policy formation straddle disciplinary boundaries. While we are in favor of interdisciplinary policy scholarship, we also think that sociologists have a great deal more to offer theories of policy formation and implementation, which are currently dominated by political scientists and economists.

Many theories see policy formation as something that is, or ought to be, understood systematically in a theory-driven and hypothesis-testing fashion. In fact, theories that do not conform to ...

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