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Designing Public Policy For Co-ProductionTheory, practice and change$
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Catherine Durose and Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316695

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316695.001.0001

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Conventional policy design

Conventional policy design

(p.21) Chapter Two Conventional policy design
Designing Public Policy For Co-Production

Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

Policy Press

Theories of policy making offer competing conceptualisations of conventional policy design. The first gives us a sense of a reassuringly logical, thoughtful and intelligent world inhabited by elites who can best look after citizens’ interests. The second draws back the curtain to reveal a harsh, contingent world of hard-fought and brutish policy competition between sets of unlikely and unpredictable allies in a chance world where events align in unforeseen combinations to favour one idea over another. The former seems unrealistic; the latter seems undesirable. Choices appear to be cold rigidity or bloody chaos. Neither seems well suited to addressing complex seemingly intractable global public policy challenges. Chapter Two develops a heuristic to understand what characterises conventional policy design, what is going wrong.

Keywords:   policy design, design thinking, policy analysis, public policy, conventional

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