The interaction problem in policy analysis

Lawrence M. Mead

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    A problem little noted in the literature on policy analysis is that analysis can interact with problems to make them different and more difficult to solve than they would be without analysis. Four varieties of interaction can be distinguished. All are rooted in the methods and assumptions of economics, the discipline that now dominates federal analysis, and particularly in its limited capacity to set policy goals. To prevent interaction, analysts would have to be able to set goals with greater independence so that aims were not swayed by the analytic process. They would need either their own theory of ends or closer political guidance.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-66
    Number of pages22
    JournalPolicy Sciences
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Sep 1983

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Social Sciences
    • Public Administration
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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