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We develop our arguments about the role of regimes in fostering policy legitimacy in several stages. We first discuss the importance of policy legitimacy in enhancing implementation and sustaining reforms over time. We then discuss how policy regimes enhance legitimacy. Here we offer our conceptualization of policy regimes and consider the elements that empower them. We next turn to how choices about policy design shape the strength and durability of policy regimes. We conclude by addressing the relevance of regimes to policy theory, practical issues in studying regimes, and a set of theoretical issues for future research.
In describing regimes in these terms, we call on policy scholars to take seriously the role of policies as governing instruments and the factors that shape the legitimacy of policies. This raises fundamental issues about the appropriate foci for studying the political dynamics and success of policies beyond their enactment. These emphases highlight the interplay of policy and implementation in the exercise of government authority.
This paper is based on a longer-term research agenda in addressing policy regimes. It is appropriate for panels addressing political processes, policy implementation, and policy durability.
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