Unboxing the vague notion of policy goals: comparison of Croatian public policies

Petek, Ana and Baketa, Nikola and Kekez, Ana and Kovačić, Marko and Munta, Mario and Petković, Krešimir and Šinko, Marjeta and Zgurić, Borna (2021) Unboxing the vague notion of policy goals: comparison of Croatian public policies. European Policy Analysis, 7 (2). pp. 451-469. ISSN 2380-6567

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/epa2.1106

Abstract

IN ENGLISH: This study aims at empirically improving public policy theory by unfolding the concept of policy goals and contributing to their classifications. The research focuses on the thematic dimension of policy goals and investigates 11 Croatian governmental strategies using qualitative content analysis. The research identifies original policy goal types and classifies them into sector‐, process‐, evaluation‐, instrument‐, and value‐oriented goals. Article concludes with a more comprehensive definition of policy goals, as governmental statements about desired futures in relation to specific sectoral purposes, values, and principles in democratic political systems, policymaking process improvements, necessary instrumental innovations, and evaluation standards that should be fulfilled. The application of this definition and developed goals’ classification reveals that elements of policy‐process theories, evaluation research, policy design theory and instrument analysis, democracy theory, and sector‐specific research need to be synthesized to better understand the concept of policy goals and to advance their research. --------------- IN CROATIAN: Cilj ovog članka je empirijski poboljšati teoriju javnih politika razvijanjem koncepta ciljeva politike i doprinosom njihovoj klasifikaciji. Istraživanje se fokusira na tematsku dimenziju ciljeva politike i istražuje 11 hrvatskih vladinih strategija pomoću kvalitativne analize sadržaja. Istraživanje identificira izvorne vrste ciljeva politike i klasificira ih na ciljeve usmjerene na sektor, proces, procjenu, instrument i vrijednost. Članak završava opsežnijom definicijom ciljeva politike, kao vladine izjave o željenoj budućnosti u odnosu na određene sektorske svrhe, vrijednosti i načela u demokratskim političkim sustavima, poboljšanja procesa donošenja politika, potrebne instrumentalne inovacije i standarde ocjenjivanja koje treba ispuniti. Primjena ove klasifikacije i klasifikacija razvijenih ciljeva otkriva da elemente teorija političkih procesa, istraživanja evaluacije, teorije dizajna politika i analize instrumenata, teorije demokracije i specifičnih sektorskih istraživanja treba sintetizirati kako bi se bolje razumio koncept ciljeva politike i kako bi unaprijedili svoja istraživanja.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Comparative public policy, cross-sectoral comparison, qualitative content analysis, policy design, policy goals (komparativna javna politika, međusektorska komparacija, kvalitativna analiza sadržaja, policy dizajn, policy ciljevi)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2021 12:23
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 15:43
URI: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/id/eprint/935

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