Designing Public Policies
Principles and Instruments
Routledge – 2011 – 242 pages
This textbook provides a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and elements of policy design in contemporary governance. Howlett seeks to examine in detail the range of substantive and procedural policy instruments that together comprise the toolbox from which governments select specific tools expected to resolve policy problems.
Guiding students through the study of the instruments used by governments in carrying out their tasks, adapting to, and altering, their environments, this book:
Providing a comprehensive overview of this essential component of modern governance and featuring helpful definitions of key concepts and further reading, this book is essential reading for all students of public policy, administration and management.
Part I - Introduction:Policy Design and the Modern State 1. Understanding Contemporary Policy Mixes Part II - Systematically Studying Policy Design 2. Key Definitions and Concepts in the Study of Policy Design 3. Policy Design as Policy Formulation 4. Policy Design and Implementation Tool Choices Part III - The Elements of Policy Design 5. Organizational Implementation Tools 6. Authoritative Implementation tools 7. Financial Implementation Tools 8. Information-Based Implementation Tools Part IV - Policy Designs and Governance Modes Re-Visited 9. Contemporary Policy Designs 10. Conclusion: Towards a New Generation of Policy Design Studies
Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, specializing in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy.