Cultivating health policy capacity through network governance in New Zealand: learning from divergent stories of policy implementation

Show simple item record Tenbensel, Tim Silwal, Pushkar Raj 2022-04-19T23:05:54Z 2022-04-19T23:05:54Z 2022-2-1
dc.identifier.citation Policy and Society puab020 01 Feb 2022
dc.identifier.issn 1449-4035
dc.description.abstract <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Wu, Howlett, and Ramesh’s understanding of policy capacity has been used to identify generalizable strengths and weaknesses of specific jurisdictions and policy sectors such as health. In an extension of this work, Howlett and Ramesh have argued that the mode of governance of a policy sector accentuates the importance of specific elements of policy capacity. In this paper we focus on the implementation of the System Level Measures Framework (SLMF) in New Zealand that has been specifically focused on health systems improvement and which aimed to do so by fostering network governance at the local level. However, this policy is introduced in a context in which there has been significant contestation regarding which mode of governance—network or hierarchy—is dominant in New Zealand health policy. By exploring three divergent local cases of implementation of the SLMF we develop three arguments that contribute to the literature on policy capacity and health. Firstly, local histories of interorganizational play a crucial role in shaping health policy capacity. Secondly, it is crucially important to understand the dynamics and feedback loops between operational, political, and analytical policy capacity. Network and hierarchical governance are characterized by distinct and contrasting understandings of the content of policy capacity elements and of the way in which they are dynamically related. Thirdly, the key challenge in developing policy capacity compatible with network governance is how to facilitate this capacity when connections between operational, political, and analytical policy capacity fail to fire.</jats:p>
dc.language en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy and Society
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dc.subject 1605 Policy and Administration
dc.subject 1606 Political Science
dc.title Cultivating health policy capacity through network governance in New Zealand: learning from divergent stories of policy implementation
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/polsoc/puab020
pubs.begin-page puab020 2022-03-06T01:22:35Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.elements-id 881951
dc.identifier.eissn 1839-3373 2022-2-1

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