Torn between state and market : private policy implementation and conflicting institutional logics

Thomann, Eva ; Lieberherr, Eva ; Ingold, Karin

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Policy and Society
Volume: 35
Issue number: 1
Page range: 57-69
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 1449-4035
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Policy implementation by private actors constitutes a “missing link” for understanding the implications of private governance. This paper proposes and assesses an institutional logics framework that combines a top-down, policy design approach with a bottom-up, implementation perspective on discretion. We argue that the conflicting institutional logics of the state and the market, in combination with differing degrees of goal ambiguity, accountability and hybridity play a crucial role for output performance. These arguments are analysed based on a secondary analysis of seven case studies of private and hybrid policy implementation in diverging contexts. We find that aligning private output performance with public interests is at least partly a question of policy design congruence: private implementing actors tend to perform deficiently when the conflicting logics of the state and the market combine with weak accountability mechanisms.

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