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Collaboration and Public Service Delivery - Promise and Pitfalls (Hardcover): Anka Kekez, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh Collaboration and Public Service Delivery - Promise and Pitfalls (Hardcover)
Anka Kekez, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh
R2,548 Discovery Miles 25 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Handbook of Policy Formulation (Hardcover): Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee Handbook of Policy Formulation (Hardcover)
Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee
R4,698 Discovery Miles 46 980 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This Handbook represents a pioneering effort to consolidate the state of knowledge on policy formulation. An invaluable resource for scholars and students of policy studies, this Handbook provides a set of analytical discussions that help scholars, students and practitioners better understand the multiple dimensions of what policy formulation has come to mean in contemporary public policy-making and governance. In attempting to resolve pressing public problems, governments devise, deploy and develop policy tools in many different ways in different sectors and jurisdictions. Knowledge of these processes has been fragmented, however, spanning a multitude of different approaches, perspectives and case studies. By critically and systematically analysing both the processes and agents of policy formulation, this Handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of the formulation activities that are undertaken by governments in order to match their policy goals with the means of achieving them. The Handbook unites a wide range of expert contributors who examine the roles played by policy actors, institutions and ideas in answering fundamental questions about policy formulation such as who undertakes it, how, when, where and why. Through seven thematic sections this Handbook discusses a wide range of topics related to formulation such as the nature of policy design, instrument choice, policy appraisal, policy advice and the politics of defining and resolving policy problems.

Deregulation and its Discontents - Rewriting the Rules in Asia (Hardcover): M Ramesh, Michael Howlett Deregulation and its Discontents - Rewriting the Rules in Asia (Hardcover)
M Ramesh, Michael Howlett
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Deregulation and its Discontents examines the different ways in which the issues related to deregulation and reregulation have been addressed in Asia. The role of government in business has gone through distinct, if overlapping, cycles: regulation, deregulation and reregulation. However, little is known about deregulation and even less about reregulation, particularly in relation to Asia. The contributors to this book examine the links between the cycles through detvailed analyses of the electricity market, pensions and stock markets in the Asia Pacific. They also offer an explanation of regulatory cycles. This unique and inter-disciplinary book is thoroughly accessible and will be suitable for specialist as well as non-specialist readers. It will appeal to academics and researchers of public sector economics, Asian studies - and the political economy of Asia in particular - as well as public officials dealing with regulatory issues.

Making Policies Work - First- and Second-Order Mechanisms in Policy Design (Hardcover): Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M... Making Policies Work - First- and Second-Order Mechanisms in Policy Design (Hardcover)
Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, Altaf Virani
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Policy design efforts are often hampered by an inadequate understanding of how policy tools and actions promote effective policies. This book addresses this gap by proposing a causal theory of the linkages between policy actions and policy effects. Adopting a mechanistic perspective, it identifies the causal processes that activate policy effects and help achieve policy goals. Bringing together established and emerging scholars in the field, Making Policies Work introduces new concepts of first- and second- order policy mechanisms developed from epistemological and theoretical perspectives, and considers how they can be activated through design. Theoretical concepts are explored through empirical cases from different policy arenas and contemporary policy issues such as partnerships in healthcare, food waste prevention, retirement savings, EU regulations and public sector reform. Graduate students in public policy, public administration and political science will find the powerful analytical tools offered in this book useful in exploring the theoretical elements of effective policy design. Policymakers and practitioners in governmental and non-governmental organisations interested in the practical applications will also benefit from reading this timely book.

European and North American Policy Change - Drivers and Dynamics (Hardcover): Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett European and North American Policy Change - Drivers and Dynamics (Hardcover)
Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett
R2,545 Discovery Miles 25 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The issue of policy dynamics is a key one in policy studies and one which is particularly amenable to comparative policy research. This edited volume brings together some of the leading scholars in the field to examine the definition, conceptualization and operationalization of policy change.

Drawing on empirical materials from a variety of longitudinal studies of Europe and North American policy development, this book assesses some of the major existing and unresolved issues currently challenging the discipline. It assesses existing approaches to understanding the multiplicity of drivers of policy change and provides a general map of the composite, multidimensional world of policies in action. The book features case studies on welfare reform, education reform, the World Bank, tobacco control policy, energy policy, agricultural policy, pension reform and the impact of public opinion. Features of the volume include:

  • A focus on both the domestic and international drivers of policy change
  • Contributions from internationally-renowned political scientists and policy experts
  • Extensive qualitative data on policy change covering a range of different topics and countries

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of public policy, public administration and public management, and political science programmes worldwide.

The Policy Design Primer - Choosing the Right Tools for the Job (Paperback): Michael Howlett The Policy Design Primer - Choosing the Right Tools for the Job (Paperback)
Michael Howlett
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Policy Design Primer is a concise and practical introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. Guiding students through the study of the instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering their environments, this book: Examines the range of substantive and procedural policy instruments that together comprise the toolbox from which governments select specific tools expected to resolve policy problems, Considers the principles behind the selection and use of specific types of instruments in contemporary government, Addresses the issues of instrument mixes and their (re)design in a discussion of the future research agenda of policy design and Discusses several current trends in instrument use often linked to factors such as globalization and the increasingly networked nature of modern society. This readily digestible and informative book provides a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance, featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading. This book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management as well as more broadly for relevant courses in health, social welfare, environment, development and local government, in addition to those managers and practitioners involved in Executive Education and policy design work on the ground.

Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Michael Howlett, M Ramesh,... Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, Anthony Perl
R950 R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Save R160 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Studying Public Policy examines three dimensions of efforts to engage and resolve public problems: policy actors, institutions, and ideas. Using this focus, the book overviews past efforts to understand public policy-making, outlines the different stages of the policy-making process, and discusses the principal elements and patterns of policy dynamics. Developing an analytical framework of the subject, the text examines the theoretical and conceptual foundations of, and approaches used in, policy sciences giving students a solid basis for understanding public policy. This edition has been fully updated with new developments in the field and revised with clear language and an easy-to-understand structure, making it the most current, student-friendly resource available.

Varieties of Governance - Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities (Hardcover): Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh Varieties of Governance - Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities (Hardcover)
Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh
R1,736 Discovery Miles 17 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This edited collection examines various facets of governance - the organization and steering of political processes within society - for a better understanding of the complexities of contemporary policy making.

Policy analysis in Canada (Hardcover): Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett Policy analysis in Canada (Hardcover)
Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett
R2,353 R2,016 Discovery Miles 20 160 Save R337 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Policy analysis in Canada brings together original contributions from many of the field's leading scholars. Contributors chronicle the evolution of policy analysis in Canada over the past 50 years and reflect on its application in both governmental and non-governmental settings. It will be a valuable resource for academics and students of policy studies, public management, political science and comparative policy studies.

European and North American Policy Change - Drivers and Dynamics (Paperback): Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett European and North American Policy Change - Drivers and Dynamics (Paperback)
Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The issue of policy dynamics is a key one in policy studies and one which is particularly amenable to comparative policy research. This edited volume brings together some of the leading scholars in the field to examine the definition, conceptualization and operationalization of policy change. Drawing on empirical materials from a variety of longitudinal studies of Europe and North American policy development, this book assesses some of the major existing and unresolved issues currently challenging the discipline. It assesses existing approaches to understanding the multiplicity of drivers of policy change and provides a general map of the composite, multidimensional world of policies in action. The book features case studies on welfare reform, education reform, the World Bank, tobacco control policy, energy policy, agricultural policy, pension reform and the impact of public opinion. Features of the volume include: A focus on both the domestic and international drivers of policy change Contributions from internationally-renowned political scientists and policy experts Extensive qualitative data on policy change covering a range of different topics and countries This book will be of interest to students and scholars of public policy, public administration and public management, and political science programmes worldwide.

The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics - Cases in Process and Policy (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Robert Malcolm Campbell,... The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics - Cases in Process and Policy (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Robert Malcolm Campbell, Leslie A. Pal, Michael Howlett
R542 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R56 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fifteen years ago the first edition of "The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics" was published to wide acclaim in university classrooms across the country. Its case study approach to Canadian politics and public policy was a unique contribution, and its enormous popularity resulted in two more editions in the following five years. In all three editions, interesting and compelling contemporary cases presented policy issues in a deliberately dramatic narrative style, emphasizing the passions, personalities, and unpredictability of Canadian politics. "Real Worlds" was a widely read companion volume to more traditional textbooks, illustrating the "real worlds" of Canadian politics while offering students opportunities for discussion and debate.

This new edition of "The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics" renews this tradition and the case study approach established by the earlier editions. It zeroes in on five key areas of policy activity at the federal level during the late stages of the Chretien government and the beginning of the Paul Martin era. The volume considers the political and policy implications of deregulation in two vital industries -- airlines and banking -- whose claims that "bigger is better" in the globalized environment defied the general political desire for increased competition. And the hard politics of trade that have dogged governments since the Free Trade Agreement was signed is covered in a case study of the controversial Canada-US softwood lumber dispute. Highly charged and emotional issues that defy easy or traditional solutions are also addressed, such as those affecting First Nations and women. Case studies examine the real worlds of First Nations land claims as illustrated in one of the most dramatic accomplishments to date -- the Nisga'a settlement -- and the explosive issue of gun control after the Montreal massacre.

The fourth edition of "The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics" is a collaborative enterprise, combining an editorial team and a superb research group comprising Karen Lochead, Andrea Migone, and Russell Williams of Simon Fraser University, and Samuel Bottomley of Carleton University.

Designing Public Policies - Principles and Instruments (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Michael Howlett Designing Public Policies - Principles and Instruments (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Michael Howlett
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The second edition of this highly regarded book provides a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. It examines in detail the range of substantive and procedural policy instruments that together comprise the toolbox from which governments choose tools to resolve policy problems and the principles and practices that lead to their use. Guiding readers through the study of the many different kinds of instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering, their environments, this book: Discusses current trends in instrument use linked to factors such as globalization and the increasingly networked, digital and collaborative nature of modern society; Considers the principles and practices behind the selection and use of specific types of instruments in contemporary government and the future research agenda of policy design studies and practices; Evaluates in detail the merits, demerits and rationales for the use of specific organization, regulatory, financial and information-based tools and the trends visible in their use including recent efforts to develop and deploy new tools such as nudges and choice architectures, co-production and crowd-sourcing; Addresses the issues surrounding not only individual tools but also concerning the evolution and development of instrument mixes, their relationship to policy styles and the challenges involved in their (re)design. Providing a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance and featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading, this book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management.

Elements in Public Policy - Designing for Policy Effectiveness: Defining and Understanding a Concept (Paperback): B.Guy Peters,... Elements in Public Policy - Designing for Policy Effectiveness: Defining and Understanding a Concept (Paperback)
B.Guy Peters, Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee, Meng-Hsuan Chou, …
R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The field of policy studies has always been interested in analyzing and improving the sets of policy tools adopted by governments to correct policy problems, and better understanding and improving processes of policy analysis and policy formulation in order to do so. Past studies have helped clarify the role of historical processes, policy capacities and design intentions in affecting policy formulation processes, and more recently in understanding how the bundling of multiple policy elements together to meet policy goals can be better understood and done. While this work has progressed, however, the discussion of what goals policy designs should serve remains disjointed. Here it is argued that a central goal, in fact, 'the' central goal, of policy design is effectiveness. Effectiveness serves as the basic goal of any design, upon which is built other goals such as efficiency or equity.

Policy Capacity and Governance - Assessing Governmental Competences and Capabilities in Theory and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed.... Policy Capacity and Governance - Assessing Governmental Competences and Capabilities in Theory and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Xun Wu, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh
R3,037 R2,420 Discovery Miles 24 200 Save R617 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides unique insights into the role of policy capacity in policymaking and policy change, as it is being uncovered at the research frontier in contemporary policy studies. The book is structured into a series of sections on policy capacity in theory and practice, each focusing on a specific aspect of policy capacity and its influence on policy formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. In addition to making a significant contribution to the body of literature on the theoretical approaches to researching the role of capacity in policymaking, it also provides practical examples of the application of these approaches through a variety of national and sectoral case studies. Including contributions from authors working in a wide variety of disciplines, the book demonstrates, across the various topics investigated, many commonalities and consistencies in relation to the study of policy capacity and policy-making. This work has interdisciplinary appeal and will engage scholars in fields ranging from geography to communications, health, social work and political science, amongst others with an interest in public policy.

The Icewalker Chronicles Book 1 - Dragon Land (Paperback): Mr Michael Howlett The Icewalker Chronicles Book 1 - Dragon Land (Paperback)
Mr Michael Howlett
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
I Don't Need No Stinkin' Culture (Paperback): Michael Howlett I Don't Need No Stinkin' Culture (Paperback)
Michael Howlett
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
I Don't Need No Scruples (Paperback): Michael Howlett I Don't Need No Scruples (Paperback)
Michael Howlett
R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"I Don't Need No Scruples" is a collection of humorous columns dealing with first dates, trashy Christmas decorations, boobies, underpants, the God Particle, and a horse named Sphincter, among other things. These ravings present a view of the world that is both twisted and insightful, and may cause one to laugh out loud or exclaim WTF.

Policy analysis in Canada (Paperback): Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett Policy analysis in Canada (Paperback)
Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett
R990 Discovery Miles 9 900 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Policy analysis in Canada brings together original contributions from many of the field's leading scholars. Contributors chronicle the evolution of policy analysis in Canada over the past 50 years and reflect on its application in both governmental and non-governmental settings. It will be a valuable resource for academics and students of policy studies, public management, political science and comparative policy studies.

Policy Styles and Policy-Making - Exploring the Linkages (Paperback): Michael Howlett, Jale Tosun Policy Styles and Policy-Making - Exploring the Linkages (Paperback)
Michael Howlett, Jale Tosun
R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Richardson et al.'s respected and seminal Policy Styles in Western Europe (1982) shed valuable light on how countries tend to establish long-term and distinctive ways to make policies that transcend short-term imperatives and issues. This follow-up volume updates those arguments and significantly expands the coverage, consisting of 16 carefully selected country-level case studies from around the world. Furthermore, it includes different types of political regimes and developmental levels to test more widely the robustness of the patterns and variables highlighted in the original book. The case studies - covering countries from the United States, Canada, Germany and the UK to Russia, Togo and Vietnam - follow a uniform structure, combining theoretical considerations and the presentation of empirical material to reveal how the distinct cultural and institutional features of modern states continue to have implications for the making and implementation of public policy decisions within them. The book is essential reading for students and scholars of public policy, public administration, comparative politics and development studies.

Routledge Handbook of Policy Design (Hardcover): Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee Routledge Handbook of Policy Design (Hardcover)
Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee
R3,628 Discovery Miles 36 280 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Uniting theoretical bases and advancements in practice, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design brings together leading experts in the academic field of policy design in a pioneering effort of scholarship. Each chapter provides a multi-topic overview of the state of knowledge on how, why, where or when policies are designed and how such designs can be improved. These experts address how a new emphasis on effective policy design has re-emerged in public policy studies in recent years and clarify the role of historical policy decisions, policy capacities and government intentions in promoting a design orientation towards policy formulation and policy-making more generally. They examine many previously unexplored aspects of policy designs and designing activities, which focus upon analyzing and improving the sets of policy tools adopted by governments to correct policy problems. Ranging from the fundamentals of policy design and its place in greater policy studies, to new questions regarding policy design content and effectiveness, to contemporary design trends such as the use of digital tools and big data, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design is a comprehensive reference for students and scholars of public policy, public administration and public management, government and business.

Mental Health Services Today and Tomorrow - Pt. 1 (Paperback, 1st New edition): Charles Kaye, Michael Howlett Mental Health Services Today and Tomorrow - Pt. 1 (Paperback, 1st New edition)
Charles Kaye, Michael Howlett
R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This work traces and anticipates past, present and future changes in mental health services to assess the impact both of developments in care, and of the implications of new organisational change. It includes contributions and perspectives of those involved in services at all levels, including service users, to draw upon their experience to give a fuller picture of today and help sketch in tomorrow. It balances academic scrutiny with personal involvement, to reflect both national trends and local initiatives. Overall this work is in two volumes, each of which can stand alone: this Part 1 focuses on the realities of offering and receiving care at a practical and local level; it concentrates on personal experiences within mental health services as user, carer, provider and professional.The companion book Part 2 reviews policy and practice from national and international perspectives. Together these books provide essential information and views on mental health services for professionals throughout health and social care, managers, policy planners and policy shapers including those in the third sector and patient groups, academics and the media.

Mental Health Services Today and Tomorrow - Pt. 2 (Paperback, 1 New Ed): Charles Kaye, Michael Howlett Mental Health Services Today and Tomorrow - Pt. 2 (Paperback, 1 New Ed)
Charles Kaye, Michael Howlett
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This work traces and anticipates past, present and future changes in mental health services to assess the impact both of developments in care, and of the implications of new organisational change. It includes contributions and perspectives of those involved in services at all levels, including service users, to draw upon their experience to give a fuller picture of today and help sketch in tomorrow. It balances academic scrutiny with personal involvement, to reflect both national trends and local initiatives.Overall this work is in two volumes, each of which can stand alone: the companion book Part 1 focuses on the realities of offering and receiving care at a practical and local level; this Part 2 reviews policy and practice from national and international perspectives. Together these books provide essential information and views on mental health services for professionals throughout health and social care, managers, policy planners and policy shapers including those in the third sector and patient groups, academics and the media.

Canadian Public Policy - Selected Studies in Process and Style (Hardcover, New): Michael Howlett Canadian Public Policy - Selected Studies in Process and Style (Hardcover, New)
Michael Howlett
R1,275 R1,101 Discovery Miles 11 010 Save R174 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Studies of public policy in Canada are traditionally narrow, focusing on a particular policy area or jurisdiction without giving consideration to the significant procedural commonalities that can be identified across the public policy spectrum. Canadian Public Policy provides the first comprehensive, theoretically informed, empirical evaluation of the development of public policy in Canada. It represents the culmination of a fifteen-year program of large-scale primary research into Canadian policy-making by Michael Howlett, an internationally recognized public policy expert.

Each of the chapters investigates one stage of the policy process - including agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, policy implementation, and policy evaluation - in the Canadian context. The volume is book-ended by an introductory section setting out the logic of the policy cycle model, and a conclusion summarizing the research program and results. Investigating how Canadian experiences can inform and contribute to existing policy models, this unique volume will be a fixture in the Canadian public policy literature for years to come.

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy (Paperback): Eduardo Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, Xun Wu Routledge Handbook of Public Policy (Paperback)
Eduardo Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, Xun Wu
R1,104 Discovery Miles 11 040 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This Handbook provides a comprehensive global survey of the policy process. Written by an outstanding line up of distinguished scholars and practitioners, the Handbook covers all aspects of the policy process including: Theory - from rational choice to the new institutionalism Frameworks - network theory, advocacy coalition and development models Key stages in the process - Formulation, implementation and evaluation Agenda setting and decision making The roles of key actors and institutions This is an invaluable resource for all scholars, graduate students and practitioners in public policy and policy analysis.

Designing Government - From Instruments to Governance (Paperback): Pearl Eliadis, Margaret Hill, Michael Howlett Designing Government - From Instruments to Governance (Paperback)
Pearl Eliadis, Margaret Hill, Michael Howlett
R561 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R77 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Moving beyond the traditional regulatory sphere and its preoccupations with deregulation and efficiency, the authors trace the complex relationships between instrument choices and governance. Designing Government encourages the reader to consider factors in the design of complex mixes, such as issues of redundancy, context, the rule of law and accountability. These latter factors are especially central in today's world to the design and implementation of effective instrument choices by governments and, ultimately, to good governance. The authors conclude, in fact, that seeing instrument choice itself as part and parcel of designing government and achieving good governance is both the promise and the challenge for instrument-based perspectives in the years ahead.

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