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date: 28 June 2022

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This chapter comments on Implementation, a book by Jeffrey L. Pressman and Aaron Wildavsky. It traces its roots to the Economic Development Agency’s Oakland project, designed to promote economic development in cities by increasing employment opportunities for minorities. It considers Pressman and Wildavsky’s account of why the Oakland program failed, as well as their central argument with regards to the role of politics and policy-making in implementation. It discusses the decline of implementation studies as the dominating subfield of public policy research and highlights some key concerns raised by Pressman and Wildavsky that continue to be influential. The chapter concludes by looking at debates about the merits of non-hierarchical coordination, informal interaction, and emergent networks.

Keywords: Implementation, Jeffrey L. Pressman, Aaron Wildavsky, Economic Development Agency, Oakland, policy-making, public policy, non-hierarchical coordination, informal interaction, emergent networks

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