Designing Government: From Instruments to Governance

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F. Pearl Eliadis, Margaret M. Hill, Michael Howlett
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - 454 pages
Moving beyond the traditional regulatory sphere and its preoccupations with deregulation and efficiency, the authors trace the complex relationships between instrument choices and governance. Designing Government encourages the reader to consider factors in the design of complex mixes, such as issues of redundancy, context, the rule of law and accountability. These latter factors are especially central in today's world to the design and implementation of effective instrument choices by governments and, ultimately, to good governance. The authors conclude, in fact, that seeing instrument choice itself as part and parcel of designing government and achieving good governance is both the promise and the challenge for instrument-based perspectives in the years ahead.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Observations on the Choice
21
What Is a Policy Instrument? Policy Tools Policy Mixes
31
A Retrospective
51
Michael J Trebilcock
58
Confronting the Deductive
106
Context
132
The Elements of Policy Design
185
The Swiss Army Knife of Governance
203
Shifting Choices
281
Risk Management and Governance
303
Reconfiguring Environmental Regulation
333
The Future of Instruments Research
353
Notes and References
365
Index
451
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