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Great Policy Successes

Paul 't Hart and Mallory Compton


Contrary to stereotype, democratic governments are not so bad at what they do. What can we learn about the craft and politics of policy design and policy implementation from instances of public policy success? Systematically distinguishing between program, process, political success as wel as endurance of success over time, this volume presents fifteen in-depth case studies of policy successes from around the world. Each case study contains a detailed narrative of the policy processes and assesses the extent to which the policies pursued can be regarded as successful. It offers a unique tool f ... More

Keywords: public policy, policy success, policy evaluation, policy design, policymaking processes, policy implementation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul 't Hart, editor
Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht University School of Governance and Netherlands School of Public Administration

Mallory Compton, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht University School of Governance

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1 How to ‘See’ Great Policy Successes

Mallory E. Compton and Paul ‘t Hart

2 Brazil’s Bolsa Família Programme

Luis Henrique Paiva, Tereza Cristina Cotta, and Armando Barrientos

8 Estonia’s Digital Transformation

Rainer Kattel and Ines Mergel

10 ‘Marvellous Melbourne’

Emma Blomkamp and Jenny M. Lewis

11 The Dutch Delta Approach

Arwin van Buuren

12 The Copenhagen Metropolitan ‘Finger Plan’

Eva Sørensen and Jacob Torfing

13 The Norwegian Petroleum Fund as Institutionalized Self-Restraint

Camilla Bakken Øvald, Bent Sofus Tranøy, and Ketil Raknes

14 New Zealand’s Economic Turnaround

Michael Mintrom and Madeline Thomas

16 Healing the Ozone Layer

Frederike Albrecht and Charles F. Parker