Uniting theoretical bases and advancements in practice, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design brings together leading experts in the academic field of policy design in a pioneering effort of scholarship. Each chapter provides a multi-topic overview of the state of knowledge on how, why, where or when policies are designed and how such designs can be improved.

These experts address how a new emphasis on effective policy design has re-emerged ​in public policy studies in recent years ​and ​clarify the role of historical policy decisions, policy capacities and government intentions in promoting a design orientation towards ​policy formulation and policy-making more generally. They examine many previously unexplored aspects of policy designs and designing activities, which focus upon analyzing and improving the sets of policy tools adopted by governments to correct policy problems. 

Ranging from the fundamentals of policy design and its place in greater policy studies, to new questions regarding policy design content and ​effectiveness, to contemporary design trends such as the use of digital tools and big data, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Design is a comprehensive reference for students and scholars of public policy, public administration and public management, government and business.

part 1|73 pages

Policy Design

chapter 1|17 pages


The Importance of Policy Design: Effective Processes, Tools and Outcomes

chapter 2|14 pages

The Contexts and Components of Policy Design

Governance Modes and Policy Regimes

chapter 3|25 pages

Designing Complex Policy Mixes

Elements, Processes and Characteristics 1

part 2|70 pages

Policy Problems and Policy Design

chapter 5|10 pages

Policy Instruments and Policy Design Choices

Selecting Substantive and Procedural Tools in Public Policymaking

chapter 6|19 pages

Persuasive Systems Design

Key Issues, Process Model and System Features 1

chapter 7|16 pages

Aligning Policy Tools and Their Targets

Nudging and Utility Maximization in Policy Design

chapter 9|9 pages

Understanding Policy Designs Over Time

Layering, Stretching, Patching and Packaging

part 3|79 pages

Policy Designers

chapter 11|19 pages

Perspectives on Policy Analysis

A Framework for Understanding and Design 1

chapter 12|21 pages

Instrument Constituencies

Promoting Policy Designs 1

chapter 14|12 pages

Policy Design and Conflict

part 4|77 pages

Reconsidering Foundational and New Policy Tools

chapter 15|16 pages

Nudges and Nodality Tools

New Developments in Old Instruments

chapter 16|18 pages

Authority Tools

Pervasive, Persistent and Powerful 1

chapter 17|13 pages

Treasure Tools

A Primer on Subsidies 1

chapter 18|14 pages

Designing Organizational Tools

Tool Choices as Administrative Reforms

part 5|69 pages

Design Conditions and Contexts

part 6|83 pages

Gauging Effectiveness in Policy Designs

chapter 25|14 pages

Gauging Effectiveness

First and Second-Best Policy Design

chapter 27|16 pages

Managing Uncertainty

Controlling for Conflicts in Policy Mixes

chapter 29|21 pages

How to Sequence Policies

The PM-ARM Approach