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

Thomann, Eva; Lieberherr, Eva; Ingold, Karin (2016). Torn between state and market: Private policy implementation and conflicting institutional logics. Policy and Society, 35(1), pp. 57-69. Elsevier 10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.12.001

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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 analyzed 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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1449-4035

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeremy Simeon Trottmann

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2016 13:19

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2017 12:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.12.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82837

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82837

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