Assessing the Implementation of Political Governance: Islamic Republic of Iran and Matland Implementation Framework

Document Type : Research Article


1 CEPMLP, University of Dundee

2 Associate Professor Department of Energy Engineering Sharif University of Technology


Policymaking involves four basic stages: planning, decision making, legitimation, and implementation. Implementation concerns the degree to which actions of implementing officials and target groups coincide with the goals and strategies of the adopted policy. Implementation begins with policy or legislative objectives processes of implementation follow on in a fairly linear fashion from this. Some policies are adopted but then go on to fail at the implementation stage. In this paper, a discussion using Matland implementation model is introduced to interpret Iranian Parliamentary democracy and its success or failure at implementation stages. This paper takes its inspiration from the Matland framework, paying particular attention to the concept of the theory’s four levels of analysis, in order to reveal the puzzling trajectory of the four different governments after 1988, when the prime minister's office was revoked by reviewing the constitution of the Islamic Republic.


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