Undesigned Consequences of Purposive Legislative Action: Alternatives to Implementation

@article{Dexter1981UndesignedCO,
  title={Undesigned Consequences of Purposive Legislative Action: Alternatives to Implementation},
  author={L. Dexter},
  journal={Journal of Public Policy},
  year={1981},
  volume={1},
  pages={413-431}
}
  • L. Dexter
  • Published 1981
  • Economics
  • Journal of Public Policy
This paper is an attempt to make more specific the familiar sociological notion of the 'unanticipated consequences of social action'. Reasons for the relative neglect by practitioners and analysts of the side-effects of legislative action are suggested. The discussion of unintended and unanticipated social action is related to the work of classic sociologists, to theorists of diffusion, and to the study of innovations and inventions. Previous studies of Congress (including those by the author… Expand
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