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Great Policies
     

Great Policies

by John Montgomery (Editor), Dennis A. Rondinelli (Editor), Pacific Basin Research Center Staff (Editor)
 

This book describes 11 great policies—strategic innovations designed to deal with problems that transcend normal boundaries of government action. Examples range from the Marshall Plan in the U.S. to the reverse brain-drain policy in China, and from the financing of land reform by the distribution of industrial bonds in Taiwan to exploration of community

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This book describes 11 great policies—strategic innovations designed to deal with problems that transcend normal boundaries of government action. Examples range from the Marshall Plan in the U.S. to the reverse brain-drain policy in China, and from the financing of land reform by the distribution of industrial bonds in Taiwan to exploration of community natural resource management in Latin America. These actions did not emerge incrementally from existing policies, but represented departures from conventional organizations and sectoral responsibilities. Although such strategic innovations are rare, these examples suggest that when they do occur, they are recognizably different from policies that develop incrementally. They create new paradigms of public action, they generate new expectations and demands, and they require extraodinary processes of implementation. Such mega-policies imply the possibility of developing transferable lessons from otherwise unique cases.

These mega-policies range from economic growth strategies to social initiatives and from international economic transactions to technical exchanges. Dealing with policy interactions like these provokes tension between tradition and innovation and calls for sustained political involvement and experimental approaches to administration. Often mega-policies arise from a transforming vision or a coherent strategic view of the future. Although they represent departures from conventional governance, these cases were not driven by ideological preconceptions or by the personal vision of a charismatic leader. They frequently emerged from bureaucratic frustrations with the inability of traditional jurisdictions todeal with unconventional crises. Their very dependence on administrative innovation exposed them to especially virulent forms of bureaucratic turf warfare, which in turn called for dynamic, but constant political leadership. This work will be of great interest to scholars and policy makers involved with economic and social change, and Asian/Pacific and Third World Studies.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Scholars of public policy and regional and international studies describe large-scale policy changes of Asian and Pacific countries. Among them are land reform and export-led growth in Taiwan, Japanese educational innovations, China's study-abroad policy in 1978-93, rural development in Thailand, and natural resource management in Columbia and Mexico. Chapters also consider the nature and history of megapolicies. Compiled under the auspices of the Pacific Basin Research Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275950507
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1995
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN D. MONTGOMERY is Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center of Soka University of America and Ford Foundation Professor of International Studies emeritus at Harvard University.

DENNIS A. RONDINELLI is the Glaxo Distinguished International Professor of Management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and Director of the Center for Global Business Research at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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