What Is a Policy and What Is a Government Program? A Simple Question With No Clear Answer, Until Now

@article{Lassance2020WhatIA,
  title={What Is a Policy and What Is a Government Program? A Simple Question With No Clear Answer, Until Now},
  author={Ant{\^o}nio Lassance},
  journal={Social Science Research Network},
  year={2020}
}
  • Antônio Lassance
  • Published 10 November 2020
  • Political Science
  • Social Science Research Network
The difficulty of defining and distinguishing what is a policy and what is a government program is a crucial problem with practical and important consequences for the design, efficiency, and effectiveness of these public policies and programs. However, public servants are taught to live in this Babel without paying much attention to it. The article extracts this evidence from a methodology that combined a qualitative experiment and in-depth interviews with more than 350 Brazilian Federal…