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Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington Are Dashed in Oakland; Or, Why It's Amazing that Federal Programs Work at All, This Being a Saga ... Morals on a Foundation (Oakland Project) Paperback – June 5, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0520053311 ISBN-10: 0520053311 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Series: Oakland Project
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Third Edition edition (June 5, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520053311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520053311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2000
Pressman and Wildavsky does an excellent job pointing out the many obstacles that can occur with policy implementation. Far too often, policy-makers create policy without giving much thought to the implementation. In reality, the way policy is implemented actually establishes the policy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David MacNair on July 10, 2011
This book was a college epiphany for me. "Geez, the answers to the world's policy issues may be a bit more complicated than I thought. I may have more to consider." I credit the authors, and a great professor for helping me consider the two halves of the puzzle - strategy and execution. One without the other accomplishes nothing, and they both can affect the other in very dynamic ways. My thinking became less naive, and less ego-centric that semester. I wish all my college readings had such a long lasting impact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NMOCM on May 7, 2013
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If only every policy maker and every voter would read this book! Pressman and Wildavsky dig in and show how the best of intentions, and even seemingly great plans, fall apart when it's time to implement them on the ground. They show the difficulties in coordinating the many stakeholders that governments have to bring together, in synchronizing steps carried out by an array of public and private organizations, and of keeping everybody on board over the course of time it takes to execute plans. They show that even if each step in the implementation of a policy seems like a no-brainer, a long series of steps almost certain to succeed can be almost certain to fail! The human mind sees a series of steps that have a 95% chance of success and thinks that the process is likely to work... we rarely appreciate that if there's a 95% chance of each of 15 things working, there's a less than 50% chance that they all work. And when you need to coordinate them to all work on a tight timeline, forget about it! Pressman and Wildavsky's Implementation shows, in both human and theoretical terms, how these miscalculations caused government policy in Oakland to fall apart.
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I bought this book for my daughter and she needed it for school and this purchase really saved us a lot of money!!
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By Germano on August 23, 2014
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