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The Importance of Neglect in Policy-Making (Governance and Public Management)

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How could the small country called the Netherlands — almost totally destroyed during WW II, being very poor and judged to be primitive at that time — become one of the wealthiest, democratic and modern countries in the World? This book argues that respective Dutch governments, consciously or unconsciously, opted for an efficient and effective solution of focus and flexibility. Instead of trying to accomplish everything at once, they chose to achieve one goal at a time. These goals altered when the previous ones had been achieved and the focus turned to other problems that had been neglected previously.

This book offers a theory which argues that it is not only possible to explain when policy change is likely to occur, but also to explain the direction. It argues that what is neglected at present is likely to become dominant in the policies of the near future. The core of a fundamental policy change is always concerned with a shift of attention toward those aspects of problems that were the most chronically neglected in the previous policy. Furthermore it argues that with the birth of a new policy generation, a convergence towards meeting the dominant value of that generation will be noticeable in all policy areas.

About the Author

MICHIEL S. DE VRIES is Professor in Public Administration at the Institute of Management Research of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Other books he has written/edited are: Calculated Choices in Policy Making (Palgrave, 2000), Improving Local Government (Palgrave 2008, together with PS Reddy and Shamsul Haque), Beyond Blame: Technical Assistance to CEE Countries in Transition (NISPA, 2009, together with I. Sobis) and Value and Virtue in Public Administration (Palgrave 2010, forthcoming, together with Pan Suk Kim).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Explaining and Predicting the Nature of Policy Change

The Idea of Policy Generations

Changing Relative Attention

Generations of Policy Instruments

The Changing Roles of Societal Groups

A Model of Fundamental Policy Change and a Final Test

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230242906
Author:
De Vries, Michiel S., Professor
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
de, Michiel S.
Author:
de Vries, Michiel S., Professor
Author:
de Vries, Michiel S.
Author:
Michiel S. de Vries
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Political planning
Subject:
Political planning - Decision making
Subject:
Public affairs
Subject:
Administration
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Comparative politics
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Governance and Public Management
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.68 x 5.63 x 0.75 in

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