PETER J. MAY is Professor of Political Science, University of Washington.
Mandate design and implementation: Enhancing implementation efforts and shaping regulatory styles
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2007
Copyright © 1993 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 634–663, 1993
How to Cite
May, P. J. (1993), Mandate design and implementation: Enhancing implementation efforts and shaping regulatory styles. J. Pol. Anal. Manage., 12: 634–663. doi: 10.2307/3325344
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2007
This research addresses the influence of mandate design upon implementation efforts and regulatory styles. Empirical analyses of these relationships are conducted for state-level land-use and development-management mandates enacted by California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington. Three key findings provide insights about the role of mandate design in facilitating policy implementation. First, implementation efforts are more easily influenced than regulatory styles. Second, it is more difficult to foster conciliatory regulatory styles than it is to foster more legalistic styles. Third, a high degree of statutory coherence is not a necessary condition for strong implementation efforts. More generally, the findings show that policy designers can enhance implementation efforts and shape regulatory styles by altering key mandate features.