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03/06/2011

Apply Systems Logic to Policy

Filed under: Governance,Local Government,Policy,Process — lenand @ 8:48 am
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The Institute For Government (IFG) is a well respected Think Tank. A recent paper is a good illustration of the thought that goes into their research publications “SYSTEM STEWARDSHIP: The future of policy making?“. It looks upon the process that includes policy making and implementation as a system. It is a controlled system as engineers might understand it. Ergo, it has feedback and response components to provide stability.
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It shows that local government is on the receiving end of policy, but is the main actor in implementation. Very often, the feedback may require changes of policy. It is a pragmatic reaction which depends on local conditions that may not apply nationally. Trivialising it to a football game, a manager may change direction at half-time as a result of observing the performance – but the detailed decisions must be made by the players on the field.

All too often, central government micro-manages the local implementers; morale suffers and performance plummets. Think about applying these principles to any locally delivered service; the National Health Service, police, schools, care homes, environment, planning …

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