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Interactive Political LeadershipThe Role of Politicians in the Age of Governance$
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Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777953.001.0001

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Enhancing Policy Implementation through Interactive Political Leadership

Enhancing Policy Implementation through Interactive Political Leadership

(p.82) 7 Enhancing Policy Implementation through Interactive Political Leadership
Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

The legitimacy of representative democracy hinges on its ability to implement the policies that politicians make. Citizens may experience that their interests and viewpoints are taken into account in the political process, that the political process is fair, and that policies made are relevant and convincing responses to the problems they experience and aspirations they have. If policy implementation fails, it is likely to have a negative effect on citizens’ assessments of the efficiency and effectiveness of the political system, its executive institutions, and the competence and skill of incumbent political authorities. It reduces the political system’s outcome legitimacy. New theories of co-production and co-creation and research into how public and private actors work together to promote public value suggest that successful implementation of policy outcomes is more likely when relevant and affected societal actors are involved. This involving approach to getting things done leads to the formulation of a concept of socio-political implementation referring to co-created policy-implementation. Most of the socio-political implementation research tends to overlook the important role of politics and political leadership for successful co-creation of policy implementation. Chapter 7 argues that politicians have a crucial role to play as interactive political leaders of co-created policy implementation.

Keywords:   socio-political implementation, output legitimacy, co-production, co-creation, policy implementation, public value

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