Relationality: The Inner Life of Public Policy

Raul P. LEJANO, Wing Shan KAN

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Policy seems, at times, to follow a different logic than the official or codified prescription. The literature has, variously, attributed this to the complex workings of implementation, practice, or informal process. In this article, we work out an explicit generative theory for these phenomena, which is to locate the underlying logic within the working and reworking of relationships among policy actors. We use the term, relationality, to refer to this condition, where the relational co-constitutes policy alongside more formal processes of policymaking. We use the example of a recent initiative in Hong Kong to use a voucher instrument for service delivery for the elderly. We see how the relational lens helps us better describe the phenomenon of policy, as well as develop prescriptions for policy reform.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Asia Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) Annual Conference: Resilient and Inclusive Governance in the Age of Crisis - Online via Zoom
Duration: 3 Mar 20215 Mar 2021


ConferenceThe Asia Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) Annual Conference


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