Introduction: The Thorny Problem of Policy Success.- Perspectives On Success: The State of the Discipline.- Policy Success: Definitions and Dimensions.- Dissecting Success: The Spectrum From Success to Failure.- Complexity: The Problem of Identifying and Measuring Success.- Framing Success: Claims, Counter-Claims and Agenda Impact.- Strategies for Policy Making Success: understanding Opportunities and Risks.- Strategies For Evaluating Success: Understanding Payoffs and Pitfalls.- Reflections: Cultivating, Sustaining, Learning From and Predicting Success.- Conclusion: Rethinking Public Policy and Shining a Light in Dark Corners.
ALLAN MCCONNELL is Professor of Government at the University of
Strathclyde, UK. He teaches and researches at the University of
Strathclyde and at the University of Sydney and has published
extensively on different aspects of public policy.