The Contractual Architecture of Public Policy: A Critical Reconstruction of Lowi's Typology

  title={The Contractual Architecture of Public Policy: A Critical Reconstruction of Lowi's Typology},
  author={Douglas D. Heckathorn and Steven M. Maser},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1101 - 1123}
We outline a theory of public policy using our transaction space model of contractual analysis. This approach is based on transaction cost economics, game theory, and the contractual paradigm. It treats government activities, including statutes and the organizations that administer them, as long-term contracts negotiated to economize on the costs of decision making. We return to Theodore Lowi's typology of public policies--although our construction departs from its underlying assumptions in… 

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