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Review of Why Populist Policies Fail: A Public Policy Perspective

Written by K. A. Kemei* and M. Ngigi
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K. A. Kemei* and M. Ngigi

Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Education Management,

Egerton University

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In today’s world, it is imperative that countries or nations to involve policy experts to be included all through the policy formulation process. Knowledge of policy analysts cannot be underestimated in the 21st century since they have a vast understanding and know how to play a key role in the changes that occur in the recent time and also public problems will always continue to evolve with changes in time and environment surrounding the policy process. The scope of government involvement in social issues in Africa is also expanding with emerging trends in contemporary societies; it is thus relevant for government authority to have a clear course of action that has actually been critically assessed for the provision of maximal benefits to her citizens while reducing negative consequences that are attached to policies that are being implemented.  In African countries, the greatest threat to policy policies sustainability is the implementation of policies through public declarations and thus contributing to policy failure. It should be noted that public policy is complex in nature, and the root of public problems does not have a single answer to induce an intervention. It is through only through a weak designing of policies that come along with implementation sought after a declaration from politicians that often leads to wastage of resources. When a decision chosen is not evaluated against other possible alternatives then failure is inevitable. It important to consider public opinions when engaging in policy implementation, It is in this context that policies made through declarations fail mostly through inability to capture public opinion and thus a course of action might not be illuminating to public priorities at hand thus leading to policy failure. This paper therefore seeks to insights on understanding why and how policies made through declarations often results to failure, thus being helpful to policy formulators, analysts’ implementers against falling into this problem that is majorly associated with developing countries


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