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Public policy analysis$
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Professor Peter Knoepfel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349071

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.001.0001

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Public policy

Public policy

Chapter:
(p.20) (p.21) Two Public policy
Source:
Public policy analysis
Author(s):

Peter Knoepfel

Corinne Larrue

Frédéric Varone

Michael Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.003.0002

This chapter defines the constituent elements of a policy. It refers to public policy as the power games in a specific institutional context played out between various public actors who make a concerted effort to resolve a collective problem in collaboration with or in opposition to para-state and private actors. It adds that public policy is a large number of legislative and administrative activities aimed at the resolution of real problems. The constituent elements of public policy comprise a solution to a public problem, the existence of target groups at the root of a public problem, intentional coherence at the very least, the existence of several decisions and activities, the intervention programme, the key role of public actors, the existence of formalised measures, and the decisions and activities that impose constraints. Lastly, the chapter explains the policy cycle.

Keywords:   public policy, public actors, public problem, policy cycle, private actors, para-state actors

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