Politicians’ involvement in street-level policy implementation: Implications for social equity

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The study explores whether elected officials’ involvement in the way street-level bureaucrats implement policy affects social equity. This question is addressed empirically through interviews and focus groups with 84 Israeli educators and social workers. Findings indicate that elected officials involve themselves directly and indirectly in street-level bureaucrats’ policy implementation and their involvement reduces social equity in the provision of services. The study contributes to the literature on policy implementation by enabling a deeper understanding of the factors that shape the decision-making process of street-level bureaucrats when providing services and their ultimate impact on policy outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-328
Number of pages20
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • Policy implementation
  • politicians’ involvement
  • social equity
  • street-level bureaucrats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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