Evidence for Public Policy Design How to Learn from Best Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-27
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Learning from the successes and failures of others is a necessity in the field of public sector innovation. The rapid diffusion of policy innovations in different countries has been characterized by a schizophrenic adoption of practices with governments utilizing those considered the 'best' as well as those deemed capable of actually providing solutions to policy problems. Nevertheless, the replication of policy innovations in different countries have been met with varying degrees of success. The adoption of the Standard Cost Model in a number of European countries, a methodology to measure red tape and improve the quality of regulation, provides an excellent example of this due to it being met with success in some countries while failing inexplicably in others. By exploring the adoption of policy innovations in the Netherlands and Denmark, this work aims to develop guidelines for policy makers, practitioners, and policy analysts in order to evaluate the quality of best practices, to understand the reasons of success and to transfer innovations from a source case to a target case presenting a final appraisal on how to design an effective policy.

Author Biography

Paola Coletti has a PhD in public policy Analysis at university of Pavia. She received a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Polytechnic of Milan in Public Policy Analysis (2007-2010). Her scientific interests include public policy analysis, with specific reference to the theories and methods for decision analysis and evaluation, public administration and local government.

Table of Contents

1. The diffusion of best practices in the public sector
2. The diffusion of the Standard Cost Model
3. The Standard Cost Model in the Netherlands
4. The transfer of the Standard Cost Model in Denmark
5.What emerges from the case studies?

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