The Routledge handbook of policy tools edited by Michael Howlett.

  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York Routledge, [2023]
  • ©2023
1 online resource (620 pages)


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"This handbook provides a unique, systematic and comprehensive overview from leading experts in the field of the policy-making tools deployed at all the phases of the policy process. It covers the fundamentals of both new and established policy tools - from regulation and public enterprises to subsidies and information campaigns, as well as new tools such as, social impact investing, nudges, crowdsourcing, co-production and new digital governance and data analysis techniques. The book consists of nine sections with five corresponding to the major research emphases of studies on policy tools across the stages of the policy cycle (agenda-setting, formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation). These are accompanied by overviews of key research and concepts, a discussion of how different kinds of tools can be usefully combined in simple or complex policy portfolios or mixes, and a concluding section on future research directions. Consolidating the state of knowledge, and uniting classic foundational material with recent advancements in theory and practice in one location, the handbook is a defining volume in this field. The Routledge Handbook of Policy Tools is essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners of Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Management as well as those interested in Comparative Politics and Government, Public Organizations and the use of policy tools and instruments in individual policy areas from climate change to public health"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes index.
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  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Endorsements
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Part I Introduction
  • 1 What Is a Policy Tool? An Overview of the Tools Approach to Public Policy
  • 2 The History of the Tools Approach in the Policy Sciences: Key Definitions and Problematics
  • 3 Where Tools Are Deployed in the Policy Process: Policy Instruments and the Policy Cycle
  • 4 The Need to Understand and Integrate Procedural and Substantive Tools
  • Part II Basic Concepts
  • 5 How Tools Work: Policy Instruments as Activators and Mechanisms
  • 6 What Tools Do: Policy Targeting and Behaviour
  • 7 Portfolios of Policy Tools: Types of Policy Mixes
  • 8 Understanding Primary and Secondary Relationships Among Policy Tools in Policy Mixes
  • Part III Agenda-Setting Tools
  • 9 Agenda-Setting Tools in Theory and Practice
  • 10 Formal Agenda-Setting Government Tools: Periodic Evaluations and Reviews
  • 11 Tools to Promote Popular Mobilization and Social Advocacy: Social Identities, Policy Programs, Careers, and Education
  • 12 Consultation Tools and Agenda-Setting
  • 13 Tools for Managing the Media: Monitoring, Branding and Messaging
  • Part IV Policy Formulation Tools
  • 14 Policy Formulation Tools: New Perspectives
  • 15 Indicators and Measures as Policy Tools
  • 16 A Tools-Based Approach to Understanding and Optimizing Policy Advice in Policy Making
  • 17 Tools for Structuring Policy Advice: Commissions of Inquiry and Task Forces as Policy Formulation Instruments
  • 18 Collaboration as a Policy Tool in the Policy Process
  • Part V Decision-Making Tools
  • 19 Supporting Decision-Making Within the Policy Cycle: Techniques and Tools
  • 20 Scenario Analysis, Forecasting and Backcasting as Policy Tools
  • 21 Formal Problem Structuring Tools and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.
  • 22 Simulation Modeling as a Policy Tool
  • 23 Policy Experiments and Pilots as Tools for Decision-Making
  • Part VI Policy Implementation Tools
  • 24 The Organizational Tools of Government: The "Forgotten Fundamental"
  • 25 Implementing Regulatory Policy: Regulatory Tools and the Use of Authority
  • 26 Treasure Tools: Using Public Funds to Achieve Policy Objectives
  • 27 Information as a Policy Tool: The Role of Government Communication
  • 28 Non-State Market-Driven Tools: Capacity Challenges in Non-State Governance Contexts
  • Part VII Policy Evaluation Tools
  • 29 Theoretical Framework for Public Policy Evaluation: Investigative Designs and Outcomes in a Global Setting
  • 30 Policy Evaluation Instruments: Tools for Learning
  • 31 Tools in Internal and External Evaluations
  • 32 Administrative Procedure as a Tool for Participatory and Efficient Public Governance
  • 33 The Transformative Potential of Evaluation as a Policy Tool
  • Part VIII Selecting and Mixing Tools
  • 34 Policy Tools and (New) Governance Arrangements: Policy Mixes and Their Effectiveness
  • 35 Measuring Policy Instrument Interactions in Policy Mixes: Surveying the Conceptual and Methodological Landscape
  • 36 Policy Tools and the Attributes of Effectiveness: Spaces, Mixes and Instruments
  • 37 Changing the Composition of Policy Mixes: Lock-in, Path Dependency and the Sequencing of Policy Tools
  • 38 Changing Policy Tools on the Fly: Calibrating Policy Instruments
  • Part IX The Future of Policy Tools
  • 39 The Future of Policy Tools: Past Trends and Current Directions
  • 40 Collaboration as the Future of Organizational Tools
  • 41 Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Regulatory Tools
  • 42 The Future of Financial Tools: Will Social Impact Bonds Yield Results?.
  • 43 The Future of Informational Tools With Big Data Informatics: Opportunities and Challenges for Evidence-Based Policymaking
  • 44 The Future of Behavioural Tools in Public Policy
  • Index.
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