2009 Tansley Lecture - If You Build It, Will They Come? Overcoming Unforeseen Obstacles to Program Effectiveness

Presented by Dr. Kent Weaver, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University and Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution

April 16, 2009

Most government programs require active cooperation from individuals and groups targeted by those policies if they are to be effective. All too oft en, governments fi nd that the response from the “targets” of government policies is diff erent from those that they had anticipated and hoped to get. Those who are targeted by policies may lack the resources or information to respond as policy-makers and program  implementers expect, or they may simply dislike or mistrust the policy and those in charge of implementing it. In his presentation, Dr. Weaver will addresses some of the major reasons why government programs may fail to attain hoped-for responses and what policy-makers and program implementers can do to improve governmental performance.

Dr. Kent Weaver received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. Weaver’s major fi elds of interest are comparative social policy, comparative political institutions and policy implementation. He is particularly interested in understanding how political institutions, past policy choices and the motivations of politicians interact to shape public policy choices. Weaver is the author of Ending Welfare As We Know It, Automatic Government: The Politics of Indexation and The Politics of Industrial Change. He is also the coauthor and editor of The Collapse of Canada? He is currently completing a book on what the United States can learn from the experiences of other advanced industrial countries in reforming their public pension systems.


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