Policy Studies And Political Science

Lawrence M. Mead

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    Studies of “policy” and l'policymakingll have proliferated recently. One reason is the serious policymaking difficulties of American and other Western governments. Earlier political science did not address these problems well because of its concentration on political input processes rather than outputs. Most policy studies either evaluate programs 0′ explain cases of policymaking, The approach proposed here, called public policy, does both. Analyses of preferred options are played off against the limitations of process, and vice versa. This conception is illustrated and the problems posed by it are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)319-336
    Number of pages18
    JournalReview of Policy Research
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Nov 1985

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Public Administration
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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