Policy Sciences

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 123–131

Policy termination as a political process

  • Eugene Bardach

DOI: 10.1007/BF00143910

Cite this article as:
Bardach, E. Policy Sci (1976) 7: 123. doi:10.1007/BF00143910


The problem of how to terminate ineffective or outdated public policies, programs, or organizations is increasingly important. This paper argues that it is helpful to conceive of termination as a special case of the policy adoption process: there is a struggle to adopt a policy A, the substance of which is to eliminate or curtail policy B. The main distinguishing feature of this class of policy contests is the activity of “vested interests” who are able to advance a peculiarly powerful moral claim concerning the “inequity” or “unfairness” of change.

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© Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Bardach
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Public Policy, University of CaliforniaBerkeleyU.S.A.

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