1989 volume 7(4) pages 471 – 474

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Klak T, 1989, "Multidimensionality in state policy and programs: a critique of pluralist state theory" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 7(4) 471 – 474

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Multidimensionality in state policy and programs: a critique of pluralist state theory

T Klak

Received 30 October 1988; in revised form 8 February 1989

Abstract. In public policy analysis the state is often presented as primarily technocratic and virtually separate from society. It freely chooses its own goals, but falls short primarily because of shortcomings in policy planning techniques. This view, however, conflates policy and investment programs, while neglecting state-society relations, multipurpose policies, and the legitimation of spatial policy. State theory must be able to interpret these dimensions of the state and its limited autonomy, as this critique of Lim's theory of state policies suggests.

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