A New Logic for Empirical Research
Laurence E. Lynn Jr., Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Carolyn J. Hill
Policymakers and public managers around the world have become preoccupied with the question of how their goals can be achieved in a way that rebuilds public confidence in government. Yet because public policies and programs increasingly are being administered through a complicated web of jurisdictions, agencies, and public-private partnerships, evaluating their effectiveness is more difficult than in the past. Though social scientists possess insightful theories and powerful methods for conducting empirical research on governance and public management, their work is too often fragmented and irrelevant to the specific tasks faced by legislators, administrators, and managers.
Proposing a framework for research based on the premise that any particular governance arrangement is embedded in a wider social, fiscal, and political context, Laurence E. Lynn Jr., Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Carolyn J. Hill argue that theory-based empirical research, when well conceived and executed, can be a primary source of fundamental, durable knowledge about governance and policy management. Focusing on complex human services such as public assistance, child protection, and public education, they construct an integrative, multilevel "logic of governance," that can help researchers increase the sophistication, power, and relevance of their work.
About the Authors
List of Tables and Features
1. Governance in a Democracy
What is Governance?
Complications of Governance Research
Purposes of this Book
Limits to Governance
2. A Logic for Governance Research
Challenges for Governance Research
The Logic of Market Governance
Public-Sector Governance: An Institutional View
Levels of Governance
3. Institutional Governance
The New Institutionalism
4. Organizational and Technical Governance
The Organizational (Managerial) Level
The Technical (Primary Work) Level
5. Designing Research: Applying a Logic of Governance
Questions and Issues
A Reduced-Form Model
6. Designing Reseach: Models, Methods, and Data
Identifying a Literature of Governance
Critiquing a Literature of Governance
7. Governance Research: Scholarly Applications
Governance Research in Three Policy Domains
More Extensive Reviews of Individual Governance Studies
8. Governance: Research and Practice
The Nature of Research
The Nature of Practice
Enlightening Practice: Utilizing a Logic
Enlightening Practice: Prospects
"Provides insights that come from practical experiences and research disappointments. Improving Governance is a valuable book for those who undertake organizational and policy research and for those desiring to do so."—American Political Science Review
Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., is Sydney Stein Jr. Professor of Public Management at the University of Chicago.
Carolyn J. Heinrich is an assistant professor of public policy analysis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Together they coedited Governance and Performance: New Perspectives (Georgetown, 2000).
Carolyn J. Hill is assistant professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
224 pp., 6 x 9
224 pp., 6 x 9
American Governance and Public Policy series
Gerard W. Boychuk, Karen Mossberger, and Mark C. Rom, Series Editors