Public Policy Failure
An examination of public policy failure in the Caribbean and elsewhere and a study of ways to learn from mistakes made.
This paper analyzes thoroughly and critically disasters or common failures in public policy in the developed and developing world. The discussion spans examples and case-studies in the UK, US in comparison to Anglophone Africa and the Caribbean. What causes policy failures/disasters as well as various useful recommendations for more effective public policy-making are examined drawing on many theories of prominent scholars in the field of public policy and development management.
“In general, the process of public policy-making is subject to numerous disasters and many serious public policy failures. At the heart of such disasters and failures have been the contradictory circumstances, paths and outcomes of policies of regulation, deregulation, over-regulation, corrupt and bad politics, lack of planning, lack of accountability, transparency, initiative and risk management and the dominance of particular groups, organizations or individuals. Indeed it is this plexus of policy processes which may be termed as underlying factors common to policies that are disastrous and fraught with failures, and at the very least, factors that make policies counter productive or that produce either intended or unintended negative consequences. Disasters and serious failures, in particular, best refer to such unintended policies that cause collapse, confusion, and chaos and sometimes damage that is irreversible or difficult to overcome.”