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 of the Economic Development Administration as Told by Two Sympathetic Observers Who Seek to Build Morals / Edition 3

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Three substantial new chapters and a new preface in this third edition explore and elaborate the relationship between the evaluation of programs and the study of their implementation. The authors suggest that tendencies to assimilate the two should be resisted. Evaluation should retain its enlightenment function while the study of implementation should strengthen its focus on learning.
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Editorial Reviews

National Review
There are innumberable ways to profit from this fully documented yet highly readable tale of earnest but relatively unsuccessful ways of spending the taxpayers' money.
New Republic
They make an unimpeachable case for close attention to the modes of implementing policy, and . . . their chapters five and six constitute the first solid survey of the adminsitrative thickets through which future urban policies will have to make their way.
New York Times Book Review
Of universal application . . . this is an analysis of why the urban crisis has proved so intractable . . . . Nobody who reads this book will ever again be surprised by the gulf between promise and performance in a program to help revive or save or rebuild the country's cities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520053311
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/1984
  • Series: Oakland Project Series
  • Edition description: 3RD EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 864,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition: Implementation and Evaluation as Learning
Preface to the First Edition
1. Appearances
2. Formulating Policy
3. Trials of Implementation
4. Two Smaller Programs: Business Loans and the Health Center
5. The Complexity of Joint Action
6. Learning from Experience
7. Economic Theory and Program Implementation
8. Implementation as Evolution
9. What Should Evaluation Mean to Implementation?
10. Implementation as Mutual Adaptation
11. Implementation as Exploration
Appendix: EDA Chronology
Subject Index
Index of Authors Cited
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