Assessing Policy Success and Failure: Targets, Aims and Processes

Begley, Philip and Bochel, Catherine and Bochel, Hugh and Defty, Andrew and Gordon, Jan and Hinkkainen, Kaisa and Kisby, Ben and McKay, Steve and Strange, Gerard (2019) Assessing Policy Success and Failure: Targets, Aims and Processes. Policy Studies, 40 (2). pp. 188-204. ISSN 0144-2872

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2018.1557134

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Assessing policy success and failure is a significant challenge. This article seeks to address this by utilizing two case studies of legislation from the United Kingdom Parliament, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the Academies Act 2010, so as to develop a nuanced understanding of how and in what ways policies have been successful, or otherwise. Drawing on these two case studies, and the work of a variety of authors, the article illustrates the complex nature of the challenge, but suggests that by identifying “targets”, “aims” and “processes” it is possible to make reasonable judgements about the relative success of a policy. It concludes that this framework therefore has considerable potential utility.

Keywords:Policy success, policy failure, UK Parliament, legislation, evidence
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:34635
Deposited On:18 Feb 2019 11:16

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