Chapter TwoConventional Perspectives on Policy and Program Implementation

In this book, we offer a new way to think about implementation, but the implementation challenges we explore are not new. For decades, policymakers, practitioners, and scholars have wrestled with the complexities of policy and program implementation and have offered various ways of making sense of what they observe. Significant contributions have been made along the way, helping to reveal the elements that make up the broader implementation system. Understandably these contributions tend to be made from the perspective and background of the observer. Those with a background in politics or political science tend to approach implementation challenges by thinking about ...

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