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Implementation Theory and Practice: Toward a Third Generation Paperback – May, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0673396921 ISBN-10: 0673396924

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Foresman & Co (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0673396924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0673396921
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2013
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This is an important work in the policy implementation literature. Implementation itself refers to the process by which decisions made are actually put into practice. A bill once passed into law b y Congress is normally a set of words. To make the law real, implementation takes place. This could involve development of regulations, hiring and training of employees, delivery of services, and so on. The subfield within policy studies has been an important element for about forty years now.

This book purports to represent the third generation of implementation studies. The first generation was case studies--such as Pressman and Wildavsky's study of implementation in Oakland, California. The second generation was the development of frameworks that tried to take the lessons from case studies of Gen 1 and create a broader framework. Goggin and colleagues content that they present a third generation view, a much more theoretical perspective. One of my doctoral students, though, made a wise comment many years ago: This is really more like Generation 2.5. One can see the perspective as somewhat more general and theoretical than other Gen 2 studies, but it is not really full satisfying as a new generation.

At the heart of this view is a communication model. The key diagram that schematizes the perspective is on page 32. The goal is to explain state level implementation. Key factors in the background shaping implementation include federal, state, and local inducements and constraints. Central to this process is communication (page 33): "State level implementors form the nexus for the communications channels. . . . As recipients [of messages], state level implementors must interpret a barrage of messages.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ashkat on April 28, 2011
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Never received the book. ordered the book ahead of time. waited and waited. finally my class was over I had to reachout to amazon and let them know the seller never sent the book.
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