Identifying the obstacles to the implementation of policies of the cooperative sector in Iran

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Student in public Administration, University of Allameh Tbataba'i, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student in technology management, , Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


The purpose of this study is to identify the factors hindering the implementation of policies in the cooperative sector in the upstream documents of the country, the most important of which are Article 44 of the Constitution, general policies, the law of the fifth &sixth five-year development plans. The research method is qualitative &the data have been analyzed by theme analysis. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 26 people using purposive snowball sampling. Findings show that the main obstacles to the implementation of public policies in the cooperative sector are in two general categories: 1- Obstacles in policy formulation &2- Obstacles in policy implementation (top-down &bottom-up approach). These barriers include cultural-psychological barriers to policy-making, process barriers to policy-making, structural barriers to policy-making, legal barriers to policy implementation, structural barriers to policy implementation, cultural barriers to policy implementation, environmental barriers to policy implementation, &individual human barriers to policy implementation. There are several factors in each category to prevent the implementation of these policies.


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