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date: 28 June 2022

Public Policies: Coordination, Integration, Coherence, and Collaborationlocked

Public Policies: Coordination, Integration, Coherence, and Collaborationlocked

  • B. Guy PetersB. Guy PetersDepartment of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Summary

Although most public sector governance depends upon specialized organizations, there is also a need to create greater coordination and policy integration. Improving coordination can overcome problems of duplication, waste, and turf-fighting. Producing coordination is not easy, but there are a number of mechanisms available to would-be coordinators to make governments more coherent. Most of these mechanisms depend on hierarchy, but others depend more on ideas or networks. Although coordination is important for governance, it is not a panacea, and coordination may produce problems as well as solving them. Therefore, the choice between higher levels of specialization and coordination depends upon numerous political and administrative variables.

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  • Policy, Administration, and Bureaucracy

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