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Policymakers and public managers around the world have become preoccupied with the question of how their goals can be achieved in a way that rebuilds public confidence in government. Yet because public policies and programs increasingly are being administered through a complicated web of jurisdictions, agencies, and public-private partnerships, evaluating their effectiveness is more difficult than in the past. Though social scientists possess insightful theories and powerful methods for conducting empirical research on governance and public management, their work is too often fragmented and irrelevant to the specific tasks faced by legislators, administrators, and managers. Proposing a framework for research based on the premise that any particular governance arrangement is embedded in a wider social, fiscal, and political context, Laurence E. Lynn Jr., Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Carolyn J. Hill argue that theory-based empirical research, when well conceived and executed, can be a primary source of fundamental, durable knowledge about governance and policy management.
Focusing on complex human services such as public assistance, child protection, and public education, they construct an integrative, multilevel "logic of governance," that can help researchers increase the sophistication, power, and relevance of their work.
Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., is Sydney Stein Jr. Professor of Public Management at the University of Chicago. Carolyn J. Heinrich is an assistant professor of public policy analysis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Together they coedited Governance and Performance: New Perspectives (Georgetown, 2000). Carolyn J. Hill is assistant professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
Preface About the Authors List of Tables and Features 1. Governance in a Democracy What is Governance?Complications of Governance ResearchPurposes of this BookLimits to GovernanceA CaveatNotes 2. A Logic for Governance Research Challenges for Governance ResearchThe Logic of Market GovernancePublic-Sector Governance: An Institutional ViewLevels of GovernanceNotes 3. Institutional Governance Legal IdealismPolitical EconomyThe New InstitutionalismNotes 4. Organizational and Technical Governance The Organizational (Managerial) LevelThe Technical (Primary Work) LevelNotes 5. Designing Research: Applying a Logic of Governance Questions and IssuesA Reduced-Form ModelSummaryNotes 6. Designing Reseach: Models, Methods, and Data Identifying a Literature of GovernanceCritiquing a Literature of GovernanceSummaryNotes 7. Governance Research: Scholarly Applications Governance Research in Three Policy DomainsMore Extensive Reviews of Individual Governance StudiesConlcuding CommentNotes 8. Governance: Research and Practice The Nature of ResearchThe Nature of PracticeEnlightening Practice: Utilizing a LogicEnlightening Practice: ProspectsConclusionNotes References Names Index Subject Index
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