Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: October 04, 2011 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412994163 | Print ISBN: 9781412959636 | Online ISBN: 9781412994163| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
An initial statement of what is typically meant by the pursuit of coordination is the ambition to achieve greater coherence among the departments, agencies, authorities, services, and professions of government, as well as those providing public services under contract or license, each of which has some responsibilities for a given problem or issue. This entry provides a framework for understanding coordination in terms of the problems it seeks to address and the means through which its goals are pursued. It also discusses the way in which the concern with coordination evolved, the main theoretical approaches that have been taken in research on it, and the limitations of efforts to provide evidence of its effectiveness. The word coordination is sometimes used to describe a class of policy goals or outcomes, loosely labeled as “coherence.” This entry distinguishes several distinct goals that fall under this general term. Each of these goals, Because ...