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Analysing decision-making and policy outcomes in government: a critical realist perspective

By Ivan Horrocks

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This paper takes as its focus the frequently observed phenomenon of the 'implementation gap' - the difference between planned and actual policy outcomes. The paper argues that by employing a critical realist perspective which emphasises the identification and analysis of chains of causation and tendencies that lead to particular events we can better understand differences in planned and realised policy outcomes

Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:23292
Provided by: Open Research Online
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