Policy Sciences

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 151–171 | Cite as

Closing the Massachusetts public training schools

  • Robert D. Behn


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.


Public Policy Economic Policy Preliminary Evaluation Policy Termination Replacement Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Behn
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamU.S.A.

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