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Designing institutions for designing policy

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Policy design has returned to the centre of discussions of public policy, both for academics and practitioners. With that interest in policy design has come an interest in organisations and institutions that will do the designing, with much of the interest being in structures such as policy laboratories that attempt to foster innovation. These organisations tend to exist outside government hierarchies and support collaborative designing with stakeholders and citizens. This paper examines the potential of these structures from an organisational perspective. Although they do offer great promise as sources of innovation they also confront a number of institutional barriers and dilemmas. This paper focuses on those barriers and dilemmas, as well as some possible means of overcoming them.
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Keywords: barriers to policy design; collaboration; innovation; institutions; policy design; policy laboratories

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Pittsburgh, USA

Publication date: January 2020

This article was made available online on September 2, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Designing institutions for designing policy".

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