Public Policy Making in Kuwait

Mohammad Q. Al-Qarioti, Hilayel M. Mutaiiri


This study was based on a survey of a stratified random sample consists of (365) government employees from four government ministries. The main objective of this study is to improve the policy making process in the State of Kuwait after examining whether performance measures are applied in the policy making process, and the interrelationships and role of political, internal organizational, rational, and personal factors in the adoption and implementation phases of this process. Four hypotheses were tested regarding the role of those. The study revealed that performance measures and objective standards are applied to a great extent in the policy making process, and that political factors play the most important role in this process, while organizational and rational factors- which are highly correlated- are respectively in second and third orders in their influence on policy making. The study reveals statistically significant differences between policy adoption and ministry, age, gender, type of jobs, rank, and experience, but not with policy implementation. But the study reveals no differences in policy adoption and implementation which can be attributed to education and nationality. In view of the study results, it is recommended that ministries enhance employees' capabilities in applying objective and rational criteria in policy making, especially women and new employees by familiarizing and training them in applying rational tools in policy making, and  to benefit form more experienced staff.


Policy Adoption, Policy Implementation, Kuwaiti Administration, Political, Organizational, Rational Factors, Demographic Characteristics.

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