Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Abstract

Does Asia have a distinct policy style? If so, what does it look like, and why does it take the shape it does? This article argues that in the newly reinvigorated emphasis of policy studies on policy instruments and their design lies the basis of an analysis of a dominant policy style in the Asian region, with significant implications for understanding the roles played by specific kinds of policy capacities. There is a distinctly Asian policy style based on a specific pattern of policy capacities and governance modes. In this style, a failure to garner initial policy legitimacy in the articulation of instrument norms often results in later mismatches between instrument objectives and specific mechanisms for their achievement. The formulation of payments for ecosystem services policy is used to illustrate the capacities required for policy designs and action to meet policy goals effectively.

Keywords

Asian policy style, policy instruments, governance modes, policy capacity, payments for ecosystem services, environmental governance, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

Discipline

Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration

Volume

38

Issue

1, SI

First Page

24

Last Page

42

ISSN

2327-6665

Identifier

10.1080/23276665.2016.1152724

Publisher

Taylor && Francis

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2016.1152724

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