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How Great Expectations in Washington Are Dashed in Oakland; Or, Why It's Amazing that Federal Programs Work at All, This Being a Saga of the Economic Development Administration as Told by Two Sympathetic Observers Who Seek to Build Morals on a Foundation

Jeffrey L. Pressman (Author), Aaron Wildavsky (Author)

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Paperback, 304 pages
ISBN: 9780520053311
June 1984
$29.95, £22.95
Three substantial new chapters and a new preface in this third edition explore and elaborate the relationship between the evaluation of programs and the study of their implementation. The authors suggest that tendencies to assimilate the two should be resisted. Evaluation should retain its enlightenment function while the study of implementation should strengthen its focus on learning.
Preface to the Third Edition: Implementation and Evaluation as Learning
Preface to the First Edition
1. Appearances
2. Formulating Policy
3. Trials of Implementation
4. Two Smaller Programs: Business Loans and the Health Center
5. The Complexity of Joint Action
6. Learning from Experience
7. Economic Theory and Program Implementation
8. Implementation as Evolution
9. What Should Evaluation Mean to Implementation?
10. Implementation as Mutual Adaptation
11. Implementation as Exploration
Appendix: EDA Chronology
Subject Index
Index of Authors Cited

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