Study on Obstacles to Policy Termination

Lizhen Zhang


But the termination of public organizations, policies and programs has usually been neglected by policy researchers. This paper is intended to explore why the ending of policy is so tough that few case is reported in practice. The main reasons for the longevity of government organizations and policies are as follows: intellectual reluctance, institutional permanence, antitermination coalition, legal obstacle, high start-up costs, pressure from public opinion, influence of interest groups, incrementalism at work, dynamic conservatism and so on. In the second part, some general strategies for making the termination option more available are suggested.

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