Rational Choise and Policy Implementation; Implications for Interorganizational Network Management

Laurence J. O'Toole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

35 Citations (Scopus)
70 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Research on interorganizational policy implementation continues to be characterized by diverse theoretical approaches. It is perhaps surprising to observe, however, that formal and especially rational-choice approaches have been essentially neglected in the study of policy implementation processes. This article focuses on this matter and reaches mixed conclusions. An examination of how rational-choice approaches such as game theory might contribute to the enhancement of interorganizational management shows that serious limitations constrain what may be possible theoretically through the formal rational-choice representation and analysis of many interorganizational implementation settings. Nevertheless, and somewhat paradoxically, exploring these qualifications suggests a set of practical implications for the actual conduct of management in policy network settings.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican review of public administration
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • METIS-100629
  • IR-2503

Cite this