How the Sure Start Policy Is Implemented under the Labour Government in the UK: A Perspective of Implementation Network

  •  Xiongwei Song    
  •  Jingjing Zhang    
  •  Hongyu Wang    


In 1997, the Labour Government came to power committed to reforming public service delivery, particularly towards the improvement of children’s services. The paper focuses on the implementation process involved in rolling out its Sure Start policy in order to understand and analyse the dynamics in Labour’s approach to delivery. In so-doing, it draws on implementation and policy network theories to offer an original analytical framework, ‘the implementation network approach’, to explain the implementation process of Sure Start policy in Sheffield and Manchester based on 32 interviews.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
  • Issn(Print): 1927-517X
  • Issn(Onlne): 1927-5188
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: semiannual

Journal Metrics

Google Scholar Citations

Google-based Impact Factor (2017): 3.71

h-index (2017): 7

i10-index (2017): 6

h5-index (2017): 7

h5-median (2017): 13