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Olle Frödin, private photo

Olle Frödin

Senior lecturer

Olle Frödin, private photo

Generalised and Particularistic Thinking in Policy Analysis and Practice: The Case of Governance Reform in South Africa

Author

  • Olle Frödin

Summary, in English

This article is concerned with the relationship between generalised and particularistic knowledge in the context of policy-making and policy analysis. It argues that it is problematic to assume that a reform model will generate similar outcomes across a wide variety of contexts. It presents a conceptual framework, including the concepts of transaction domain and domain consensus, that enables context-sensitive analyses. The argument is exemplified by South Africa's introduction in the 1990s of an Integrated Development Planning model, based on British reform experience and various international public-management models. With a case study of such planning in Lukhanji Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province, it illustrates how the conceptual framework may be used in policy research and analysis.

Department/s

  • Sociology

Publishing year

2009

Language

English

Pages

287-306

Publication/Series

Development Policy Review

Volume

27

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Keywords

  • local government
  • Africa
  • South
  • development planning
  • public policy
  • Governance
  • institutions
  • governance theory

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0950-6764