Three aspects of policy success - programme implementation, policy solution feasibility and political legitimacy and support - need to be at the front of mind when policies are formulated. Many uncertainties endemic to policy-making surround these issues and present considerable public management challenges. Many of these problems, however, are linked to the poor conceptualization and understanding of policy content on the part of policy-makers, something for which policy scholars must share some blame. This is especially true with respect to the existing literature on the micro-level aspects of policies; the level at which goals and policy instruments are concretely implemented in the form of specific policy targets and tool calibrations. While these latter subjects have been examined in the past by luminaries such as Eleanor Ostrom, Guy Peters, Peter Hall and Lester Salamon, their insights into this level of policy-making have been glossed over in the mainstream policy sciences and the significance of their work for real-world policy analysis insufficiently appreciated. This article sets out a framework of policy calibrations and specifications that reconciles and incorporates these insights in order to enhance the chances of policy success through improved policy design.

Capano, G., Howlett, M. (2024). Calibration and specification in policy practice: Micro-dimensions of policy design. POLICY DESIGN AND PRACTICE, 7(2), 115-128 [10.1080/25741292.2024.2353929].

Calibration and specification in policy practice: Micro-dimensions of policy design

Capano, Giliberto;
2024

Abstract

Three aspects of policy success - programme implementation, policy solution feasibility and political legitimacy and support - need to be at the front of mind when policies are formulated. Many uncertainties endemic to policy-making surround these issues and present considerable public management challenges. Many of these problems, however, are linked to the poor conceptualization and understanding of policy content on the part of policy-makers, something for which policy scholars must share some blame. This is especially true with respect to the existing literature on the micro-level aspects of policies; the level at which goals and policy instruments are concretely implemented in the form of specific policy targets and tool calibrations. While these latter subjects have been examined in the past by luminaries such as Eleanor Ostrom, Guy Peters, Peter Hall and Lester Salamon, their insights into this level of policy-making have been glossed over in the mainstream policy sciences and the significance of their work for real-world policy analysis insufficiently appreciated. This article sets out a framework of policy calibrations and specifications that reconciles and incorporates these insights in order to enhance the chances of policy success through improved policy design.
2024
Capano, G., Howlett, M. (2024). Calibration and specification in policy practice: Micro-dimensions of policy design. POLICY DESIGN AND PRACTICE, 7(2), 115-128 [10.1080/25741292.2024.2353929].
Capano, Giliberto; Howlett, Michael
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