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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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Public Policy and Administration: Ideas, Interests and Institutions

Public Policy and Administration: Ideas, Interests and Institutions

(p.610) Chapter 26 Public Policy and Administration: Ideas, Interests and Institutions
A New Handbook of Political Science

Giandomenico Majone

Oxford University Press

Provides an account of the transformation of policy‐making. From the top‐down state‐centric approach and from the bottom‐up grassroots popularism of the 60s and 70s, policy‐making now reflects an increasing emphasis on the importance of ideas and institutions. How can we understand this shift in emphasis? Offers an account of the contracting approach, on the basis of the growing need for efficiency in public policy, credibility and reputation maintenance, and the rediscovery of the importance of institutions. Theoretical implications of the contracting approach are outlined.

Keywords:   contracting, credibility, ideas, institutions, policy development, policy‐making, popularism, public policy, reputation, state‐centrism

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