Rational Choise and Policy Implementation; Implications for Interorganizational Network Management

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O'Toole, Laurence J. (1995) Rational Choise and Policy Implementation; Implications for Interorganizational Network Management. American Review of Public Administratin, 25 (1). pp. 43-57. ISSN 0275-0740

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Abstract:Research on interorganizational policy implementation continues to be characterized by diverse theoretical approaches. It is perhaps surprising to observe, however, that formal and especially rational-choice approaches have been essentially neglected in the study of policy implementation processes. This article focuses on this matter and reaches mixed conclusions. An examination of how rational-choice approaches such as game theory might contribute to the enhancement of interorganizational management shows that serious limitations constrain what may be possible theoretically through the formal rational-choice representation and analysis of many interorganizational implementation settings. Nevertheless, and somewhat paradoxically, exploring these qualifications suggests a set of practical implications for the actual conduct of management in policy network settings.

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Copyright:© 1995 SAGE Publications
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/027507409502500103
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