McConnell, Allan (2010) Policy success, policy failure and grey areas in-between: a framework to help capture complex policy outcomes. Policy Sciences, 30. pp. 345-362.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Policy protagonists are keen to claim that policy is successful while opponents are more likely to frame policies as failures. The reality is that policy outcomes are often somewhere in between these extremes. An added diﬃculty is that policy has multiple dimensions, often succeeding in some respects but not in others, according to facts and their interpretation. This paper sets out a framework designed to capture the bundles of outcomes that indicate how successful or unsuccessful a policy has been. It reviews existing literature on policy evaluation and improvement, public value, good practice, political strategy and policy failure and success in order to identify what can be built on and gaps that need to be ﬁlled. It conceives policy as having three realms: processes, programs and politics. Policies may succeed and/or fail in each of these and along a spectrum of success, resilient success, conﬂicted success, precarious success and failure. It concludes by examining contradictions between diﬀerent forms of success, including what is known colloquially as good politics but bad policy.
|Keywords:||policy framework, public policy, politics, Political science (General), Public Administration, Development, Sociology and Political Science, Social Sciences(all), Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political science (General)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Catriona Mccallum|
|Date Deposited:||27 Jul 2010 11:31|
|Last modified:||20 May 2016 03:01|