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Peter Knoepfel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345053

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345053.001.0001

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The foundations of public policy analysis2

The foundations of public policy analysis2

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(p.9) 1 The foundations of public policy analysis2
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Public Policy Resources
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Peter Knoepfel

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345053.003.0002

This chapter revisits the foundations of public policy analysis as presented in our previous textbook of 2011 (Knoepfel et al., 2011): the definition of public policies (distinction between substantive and institutional policies), the rejected notion of public action, causality models, actor triangles and resources. It adds some new perspectives on the relation between actors (political-administrative actors, target groups and beneficiaries) and their resources. Finally, it brings some clarification to the topic of the institutions, which are considered as the ‘rules of the game’, and introduces a list of possession, behavioural and decisional rules that feature in the constitutional and private law of Switzerland. The majority of these rules can also be found in other democratic political systems.

Keywords:   actor-centred, public policies, public action, actors and resources, institutions, possession, behavioural rules, decisional rules, resources and institutions, activation of institutions

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