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NCJ Number: 48191 Find in a Library
Title: SELECTION OF MAJOR PLANNING ISSUES
Journal: POLICY SCIENCES  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1978)  Pages:71-86
Author(s): C WISEMAN
Corporate Author: Elsevier
Netherlands
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Elsevier
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: A SET OF CRITERIA FOR IDENTIFYING POLICY ISSUES WHICH REQUIRE AN ANALYTICAL RATHER THAN AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPROACH ARE DESCRIBED. THE PURPOSE IS TO MAKE BEST USE OF LIMITED PLANNING TALENT IN GOVERNMENT.
Abstract: THE PAPER IS BASED ON A SERIES OF RESEARCH STUDIES CONCERNED WITH HEALTH SERVICES, BUT THEY ALSO DREW ON EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS BRITISH CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. THESE STUDIES SHOW THAT MANY CIVIL SERVANTS ARE ADEPT AT ADMINISTERING PRESENT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION, BUT WHEN CHANGE IS IMPOSED EXTERNALLY, THE APPROACH IS OFTEN ONE OF MUDDLING THROUGH. IT IS PROPOSED THAT CHANGES BE IDENTIFIED AS EITHER PLANNING MATTERS REQUIRING ANALYTIC THOUGHT, OR ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS REQUIRING ACTION. SELECTION CRITERIA SHOULD BE THE SIZE AND IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUE, THE NATURE OF THE ISSUE, FUTURE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ISSUE, AND THE POLITICAL SETTING. THE QUESTIONS WHICH SHOULD BE ASKED INCLUDE: WHAT RESOURCES WILL BE NEEDED FOR THIS CHANGE; HOW MANY PERSONS IT WILL AFFECT; HOW COMPLEX THE PROBLEM IS; HOW MUCH INNOVATION WILL BE REQUIRED; WHAT THE FUTURE IMPLICATIONS OF THE CHANGE ARE; WHETHER DECISIONS CAN BE REVERSED; AND HOW URGENT THE RESPONSE MUST BE. APPLICATION OF THESE QUESTIONS TO VARIOUS PROBLEMS IS DISCUSSED. DIAGRAMS ILLUSTRATE THE DECISIONMAKING STEPS. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking; Governmental planning; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Planning; Public administration
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