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The implementation of agricultural policy in China: an actor-oriented perspective

Na, K., Marsden, Terry Keith and Ye, J. 2011. The implementation of agricultural policy in China: an actor-oriented perspective. [Working Paper]. Cardiff: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Cardiff University.

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Abstract

To date, most studies on policy implementation have been conducted from either a top-down or bottom-up perspective. Both approaches have limitations for analyzing policy process, especially in complex, multi-actor or networked circumstances (O’Toole, 2004). To better reflect the changing process of policy implementation, and reveal the interaction of different interest groups, this study uses an actor-oriented perspective to analyze a state- led agricultural policy initiative in the Qinglin County of Hebei Province, China. We conclude that policy implementation is a social process which is constantly being negotiated. Power shifts and re-distribution of policy resources emerge stemming from the strategies and practices devised by different social actors. Based on these findings, we suggest that for a given policy, policy design only plays a limited role towards the desired goal, so do the policy implementation rules. As an important complement, monitoring and supervising mechanism should be introduced into policy implementation process, whereby the actions taken by various social actors at the local level can be responded duly under the supervision. Thus, the uncertainty of policy will be dealt with targeted and timely rather than being set aside until to the end, which is too late.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy implementation ; Actor-oriented perspective ; China agricultural policy
Additional Information: BRASS Working Paper Series No.64 ISBN: 9781906644444
Publisher: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), Cardiff University
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:06
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23704

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