Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Implementation in the public sector

  • Kenneth Chelst
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_440

The operations research (OR) story of implementation success and failure in the public sector both parallels and diverges from its roots in the military. There are areas of continuing impact, such as the military, energy administration, and environmental quality. In some cases, as in forest land management, the success stories extend to all corners of the globe (US, Chile and New Zealand), even as the problems being addressed become multi-faceted. When policies are debated with regard to crime and prison populations or air traffic safety, the leading experts are typically operations researchers, who have made a long-term commitment to studying the issues. In contrast, the growing list of city government success stories of the 1970s has become a rare random event in the 1990s. Now there is not even a critical mass to build upon for the future. At the extreme, there are parts of the public sector (social welfare and educational policy) that have no significant successes to speak of in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Chelst
    • 1
  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA