publication . Article . 2009

Policy Instruments and the Study of Public Policy

Kenneth Woodside;
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  • Published: 10 Nov 2009 Journal: Canadian Journal of Political Science, volume 19, pages 775-794 (issn: 0008-4239, eissn: 1744-9324, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
AbstractOne of the most distinctive concepts for the study of public policy in Canada is that of policy or governing instruments. This article describes the origins of this literature, provides an overview of its theoretical claims, and evaluates some of these claims. It is argued, first, that the literature is too directly tied to particular theories of the state and of the policy-making process and that those ties are both unnecessary and constrain the usefulness of the concept of policy instruments. Second, the treatment of coercion as the central feature differentiating policy instruments is questioned and an alternative formulation is proposed.
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free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Law and economics, Policy analysis, State (polity), media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Public policy, Foreign policy analysis, Coercion, Impact assessment, Education policy, Policy studies, Public economics, Political science
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