Aging and Behavioral Health: Power and Accountability in Outsourced Public Policy Implementation

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/195827
Title:
Aging and Behavioral Health: Power and Accountability in Outsourced Public Policy Implementation
Author:
Fry, Melissa Sue
Issue Date:
2005
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Devolution of the welfare state brings with it problems of democratic accountability to taxpayers, equality and uniformity in services, and the protection of vulnerable service populations. This research contributes to discussions of devolution and outsourcing by exploring the role of service populations in shaping the relationship between policy formation and implementation and the implications of this relationship for accountability in public policy implementation. A comparative analysis of community based services in aging and behavioral health illuminates the role of political power, professional interests, and organized advocacy in policy formation and implementation. The study pools evidence from legislative histories, newspaper archives, field observations, and surveys to provide a detailed account of the relationship between legislation and implementation. The findings suggest that the political power of service populations affects public policy formation, and written policies structure implementation organizations. Strengths and weaknesses of legislation are transferred to the organizations of implementation as state policies determine the constraints and resources that structure implementation organizations.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
organizations; policy; political power; implementation; legislation; bureaucracy
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Sociology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Galaskiewicz, Joseph; Clemens, Elisabeth S
Committee Chair:
Galaskiewicz, Joseph; Clemens, Elisabeth S

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleAging and Behavioral Health: Power and Accountability in Outsourced Public Policy Implementationen_US
dc.creatorFry, Melissa Sueen_US
dc.contributor.authorFry, Melissa Sueen_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDevolution of the welfare state brings with it problems of democratic accountability to taxpayers, equality and uniformity in services, and the protection of vulnerable service populations. This research contributes to discussions of devolution and outsourcing by exploring the role of service populations in shaping the relationship between policy formation and implementation and the implications of this relationship for accountability in public policy implementation. A comparative analysis of community based services in aging and behavioral health illuminates the role of political power, professional interests, and organized advocacy in policy formation and implementation. The study pools evidence from legislative histories, newspaper archives, field observations, and surveys to provide a detailed account of the relationship between legislation and implementation. The findings suggest that the political power of service populations affects public policy formation, and written policies structure implementation organizations. Strengths and weaknesses of legislation are transferred to the organizations of implementation as state policies determine the constraints and resources that structure implementation organizations.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectorganizationsen_US
dc.subjectpolicyen_US
dc.subjectpolitical poweren_US
dc.subjectimplementationen_US
dc.subjectlegislationen_US
dc.subjectbureaucracyen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGalaskiewicz, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.advisorClemens, Elisabeth Sen_US
dc.contributor.chairGalaskiewicz, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.chairClemens, Elisabeth Sen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChaves, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMilward, H. Brintonen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1414en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137355543en_US
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