Learning from success and failure?

Authored by: Allan McConnell

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782456
eBook ISBN: 9780203097571
Adobe ISBN: 9781136223259

10.4324/9780203097571.ch36

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Abstract

A common sense view of the political world might expect policy-makers to seek success and avoid failure. Such assumptions are echoed in the public language of policy and political elites, from presidents and prime ministers to government ministers and senior officials. Stated success goals include building on what ‘already works’, as well as learning from mistakes when policies fail or disaster strikes.

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