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Time, Planning, and Policy-Making

An Evaluation of a Complex Relationship

Gerald Schneider

How should governments deal with the future? This question is still the cornerstone in the clash between different ideologies. However, despite the lasting debate, almost no empirical evidence exists about the impact of the conflicting schemes. The present book is a systematic and comparative attempt to shed light on this complex matter. The in-depth evaluation of crucial planning papers of 40 governments leads to an understanding of the theoretically salient relationship between time, planning and policy-making.
Contents: Time and the crisis of politics - Designing temporality in a rational choice perspective - The treatment of political time in the social sciences - Why do governments plan with varying intensity? - Why do governments vary their frames differently? - How far do governments look ahead? - Evaluating the effects of government planning - Timing and Sequencing as crucial aspects of policy initiation.