The Ground Floor of Government in Context
Edited by Peter Hupe
Chapter 26: Street-level bureaucracy research across the borders of scholarly communities
While street-level bureaucracy has developed into a scholarly theme of its own, relevant knowledge and insights from similar phenomena have gained traction in other literatures. This can be seen in disciplines such as organizational psychology and behaviour, business management and strategy, public management and the sociology of law, as well as that of the professions. The author identifies ways in which other scholarly disciplines offer insights into problems of policymaking and implementation, as well as management of street-level workers. What can be learned from these approaches is explored in order to develop a wider scholarly debate and a broader study of the implementation of policy processes. This is relevant in order for the street-level disciplinary perspective to continue to evolve to meet the needs of ‘policy-in-action’, doing so from within a broader church of perspectives in order to add to wider scholarship in a meaningful way.
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