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Policies, politics and organisational problems: Multiple streams and the implementation of targets in UK government

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    Rights statement: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy & Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version of Boswell, C., & Rodrigues, E. (2016). Policies, politics and organisational problems: Multiple streams and the implementation of targets in UK government. Policy and Politics, 44(4), 507-524 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557315X14477577990650

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-524
Number of pages18
JournalPolicy and Politics
Volume44
Issue number4
Early online date17 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Abstract

Kingdon's multiple streams approach has recently been applied to study implementation across sectors or levels of government. Building on these contributions, we suggest that two streams are especially important in shaping implementation: organisational problem constructions and political pressure from the centre. These variables produce a four-way typology of implementation modes. We test the model by analysing implementation of UK targets on asylum, defence and climate change, drawing on 54 semi-structured interviews with policy actors. The analysis shows how organisations can shift between modes of implementation over time, responding to changes in organisational problems and central political commitment to the policy.

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  • public administration, multiple streams approach, implementation, performance targets

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