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1 Statecraft in the South: A framework for understanding policy success Willy McCourt Tony Bebbington May

2 Overview Why success? The nature of success The elements of success: The ‘linear model’ Policy content Policy actors Political economy Implementation Policy transfer

3 Why success? To celebrate success and … To understand success … For the benefit of: Policymakers Researchers Students

4 The nature of success One thing or many things? The normative view: Success as demonstrable enhancement of the capabilities of the disadvantaged The legitimacy view: Success as demonstrable achievement of legitimate indigenous objectives Success in ‘poverty-neutral’ areas of policy Durability: ten years and a change of government

5 The elements of success Developing a framework

6 Success one thing or many things? Learning from cricket “Someone who isn’t a cricketer comes into the team for a couple of days and ‘helps’ us to learn how to win. ‘I have worked with a number of winning teams,’ they say, ‘All of them share the following characteristics: (add abstract nouns of choice). Ergo, if this team had the same abstract qualities, then you too would be a winning team.’ Source: Smith (2005: 25).

7 Policy success “Someone who isn’t a policymaker comes into the government for a couple of days and ‘helps’ us to learn how to win. ‘I have worked with a number of winning governments,’ they say, ‘All of them share the following characteristics: (add abstract nouns of choice). Ergo, if this government had the same abstract qualities, then you too would be a winning government.’”

8 The ‘linear model’ (Spared from exogenous shocks) Capacity Political will/feasibility

9 Policy content Innovation Specification

10 Policy actors Policies or organizations? Content, process or outcomes? Hierarchies, networks and agencies The roles of the state, NGOs and the private sector Public policy without public agencies?

11 Political economy Power: The importance of a broad alliance Coercion Policy type, scope and depth State-society synergy (Political) leadership

12 Implementation Unforeseen consequences: Mrs Diana Church and GP appointment waiting times Policy learning and feedback

13 Policy transfer Cross-national transfers Policy dissemination Voluntary or coercive?

14 A framework for understanding policy success

15 Summary Why success? The nature of success The elements of success: The ‘linear model’ Policy content Policy actors Political economy Implementation Policy transfer


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