Policy Sciences

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 151-171

First online:

Closing the Massachusetts public training schools

  • Robert D. BehnAffiliated withDuke University

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One successful effort at policy termination—the closing of the Massachusetts public training schools—is examined. The analysis includes: how the tactics of survival which maintain most governmental organizations and most public policies were neutralized; how the barriers to implementation of the termination policy were overcome; how the new replacement policy—the privately operated, community-based, group-homes policy—was consolidated; and a preliminary evaluation of the termination tactics and the new policy.