Good governance is the essential mission of the public sector and effective policy management is a crucial component of good governance. An understanding of public policy is thus not only imperative for the continuous improvement of public sector governance, but it is also vital for day-to-day management. Improving public policy tackles integrating the functionally specialised agencies of government, business, labour and civil society into a holistic and efficient policy network to deal with the complexities of transformational leadership, optimal development and public services delivery in society.
This significantly revised and expanded third edition links the theory and practice of public policy in a user-friendly way. It explains what public policy is and should be, why and how it is created, and how public policy content, processes, outputs and outcomes can be improved to promote good governance and achieve sustainable developmental goals in the information society of the 21st century.
This new edition contains a number of practical generic templates for issue identification, policy problem definition, structuring and prioritisation, electronic policy-decision aids, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and policy training tools. It also includes extensive recent references to more advanced South African and international resources on these topics.
Improving public policy is essential reading material for all students, researchers and practitioners in the field of public policy who require knowledge, insight and/or practical skills in this important field. All contributors are experienced public-policy educators, practitioners and evaluators.
Fanie Cloete is Professor of Policy Management in the Department of Public Governance at the University of Johannesburg, an extraordinary professor at the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch and the current chair of the SA Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).
Christo de Coning is chief executive officer of the Elgin Learning Foundation (ELF), a developmental NGO outside Grabouw, and an extraordinary professor at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape.
SECTION A: CONTEXTUALISATION
Chapter 1 Nature, role and history of public policy
Chapter 2 Theories and models for analysing public policy
Chapter 3 Public policy in more and lesser developed states
SECTION B: THE POLICY PROCESS
Chapter 4 Policy agenda setting
Chapter 5 Policy design
Chapter 6 Policy decision making
Chapter 7 Policy implementation
Chapter 8 Programme management, project management and public policy implementation
Chapter 9 Policy evaluation
Chapter 10 Policy dynamics, change, failure and success
SECTION C: CAPACITY BUILDING FOR POLICY IMPROVEMENT
Chapter 11 Institutionalisation of public policy management
Chapter 12 Policy education and training
Chapter 13 Practical policy-improvement tools
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