How power affects policy making process: using privatisation policy in Saudi Arabia as an example

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Author: 
Mohammed Senitan, Ali Hassan Alhaiti and George Binh Lenon
Abstract: 

The policies enacted in a country have a significant bearing in shaping service delivery to the people. Power significantly influences the establishment of policies such as health policy. This study will examine how power affects policy making process with close reference to the case study of Saudi Arabia's privatisation policy. In Saudi Arabia, major decisions preceding policy creation are crafted by the government in power. As such, power has a significant influence in defining policies affecting various sectors within the country. Therefore, the connection between power and policies affecting activities in the social sphere is evident in through actions that the government favours. Using the case study of Saudi Arabia as an example, this essay explores three major things related to the policy framework and the creation process. The elements that will be discussed include; context, content, and process. Further, the connection between power and policy will be revealed through an examination of trends related to privatisation policy in Saudi Arabia. Also, actors involved in the creation of the policy will be discussed. These will include; stakeholders in the respective sector and government through the respective ministry. Furthermore, the influence of actors during the policy-making process will be the benchmark of this discussion.

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