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Article: Public Managers in the Policy Process: More Evidence on the Missing Variable?

TitlePublic Managers in the Policy Process: More Evidence on the Missing Variable?
Authors
KeywordsPolicy analysts
Policy managers
Policy process
Public managers
Issue Date2012
PublisherBlackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/PSJ
Citation
Policy Studies Journal, 2012, v. 40 n. 2, p. 211-233 How to Cite?
AbstractQuestions have been posed about the lack of knowledge of the role public managers play in the policy process. In this study, following on the suggestions of Hicklin and Godwin and Meier in this journal, we identify different dimensions of the analyst-manager divide among professional policy workers. Using the results of several recent large-N surveys of Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial policy workers, we explore the roles each group plays in the policy analytical process and the variations in their behavior in terms of duties and tasks, attitudes, and interrelationships. We also examine these to see the impact of federalism on professional policy practices. The study uncovers three groups of policy workers and policy managers-coordinator-planners, research-analysts, and director-managers. Differences between groups of policy workers are found for their policy-related work and their perceptions of tools of policy effectiveness, and differences between levels of government are identified for issues of time demands and coordination and tools of policy effectiveness. The implications of these findings for the study of public managers in the policy process are considered in conclusion. © 2012 Policy Studies Organization.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153252
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.765
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.299
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dc.description.abstractQuestions have been posed about the lack of knowledge of the role public managers play in the policy process. In this study, following on the suggestions of Hicklin and Godwin and Meier in this journal, we identify different dimensions of the analyst-manager divide among professional policy workers. Using the results of several recent large-N surveys of Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial policy workers, we explore the roles each group plays in the policy analytical process and the variations in their behavior in terms of duties and tasks, attitudes, and interrelationships. We also examine these to see the impact of federalism on professional policy practices. The study uncovers three groups of policy workers and policy managers-coordinator-planners, research-analysts, and director-managers. Differences between groups of policy workers are found for their policy-related work and their perceptions of tools of policy effectiveness, and differences between levels of government are identified for issues of time demands and coordination and tools of policy effectiveness. The implications of these findings for the study of public managers in the policy process are considered in conclusion. © 2012 Policy Studies Organization.en_HK
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dc.subjectPolicy analystsen_HK
dc.subjectPolicy managersen_HK
dc.subjectPolicy processen_HK
dc.subjectPublic managersen_HK
dc.titlePublic Managers in the Policy Process: More Evidence on the Missing Variable?en_HK
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