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Non-hierarchical evaluation of policy
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
2000 (English)In: Evaluation, ISSN 1356-3890, E-ISSN 1461-7153, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 201-216Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An important task for policy evaluation is to develop methods that are based on the fact that political power is fragmented and that every policy area is complex. This article demonstrates, using an empirical example, how different strands of the policymaking process are related to different logics of evaluation. Also discussed is how these differences may result in quite opposite conclusions about the possible failure or success of single programmes. However, it is concluded that policy research does not have to abandon the idea of rationality and adopt a more postmodern or hermeneutic line of analysis. Policy evaluation is still, it is argued, a matter of finding relevant units of analysis, and in contemporary society these units are networks rather than political-administrative entities. Thus, in order to be able to scrutinize and understand such processes of policy creation, policy evaluation must adopt a non-hierarchical attitude and this requires a bottom-up methodology.

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2000. Vol. 6, no 2, p. 201-216
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-4292DOI: 10.1177/13563890022209217Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958537697Local ID: 237ca0b0-a25d-11db-8975-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-4292DiVA, id: diva2:977156
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Validerad; 2000; 20070112 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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