T02P18 - Coordination in Public Policy

Topic : Comparative Public Policy

Panel Chair : Zeger Van der Wal - zvdwal@gmail.com

Panel Second Chair : B. Guy Peters - bgpeters@pitt.edu

Panel Third Chair : M Ramesh - mramesh@nus.edu.sg

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

In order to be effective, the policy process and policies must be coordinated and coherent, both horizontally and vertically. Against the need for greater integration and coherence due to increasing interconnectedness and complexity of problems is the reality that the policy process has become more disjointed and policies more fragmented in many sectors and issue areas. Horizontal coordination was stymied with New Public Management reforms promoting agentification, competition and individual rewards. Expansion of popular participation and co-production further fragmented the process. Vertical coordination went through similar attenuation with the spread of decentralization in recent decades. The adverse effects of these well-intended reforms are increasingly recognized as policymakers make deliberate efforts to overcome them through 'Whole of Government' reforms and right-siting rather than decentralization of policies. 

Call for papers

Papers in the panel will address questions such as: What are the conditions for effective horizontal and vertical coordination? How can coordination be achieved while simultaneously promoting participation? What are the specific policy functions that need to stay centralized and those that may be devolved to lower levels of government? How can technology be mobilized to promote coordination? 

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