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Assessing policy success and failure: targets, aims and processes

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  • Philip Begley
  • Catherine Bochel
  • Hugh Bochel
  • Andrew Defty
  • Jan Gordon
  • Kaisa Hinkkainen
  • Ben Kisby
  • Steve McKay
  • Gerard Strange


Publication details

JournalPolicy Studies
DatePublished - 4 Mar 2019
Issue number2
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)188-204
Original languageEnglish


Assessing policy success and failure is a significant challenge. This article seeks to address this by utilizing two case studies of legislation from the United Kingdom Parliament, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the Academies Act 2010, so as to develop a nuanced understanding of how and in what ways policies have been successful, or otherwise. Drawing on these two case studies, and the work of a variety of authors, the article illustrates the complex nature of the challenge, but suggests that by identifying “targets”, “aims” and “processes” it is possible to make reasonable judgements about the relative success of a policy. It concludes that this framework therefore has considerable potential utility.

    Research areas

  • evidence, legislation, policy failure, Policy success, UK Parliament

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