Public Policy and Administration: An Overview

Barbara J. Nelson

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Public Policy and Administration: An Overview

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Provides an overview of the progression of public policy research, from its origins in American assumptions of stability to contemporary concerns regarding the potential for ethical policy‐making. Three contentions exist regarding definitions of the policy process, marked by emphases on either the process as a whole, the individual problem solver, or a system of inputs, transformation, and outputs. Each is unified by the belief in a synergistic process. The history of the field is traced and four core imperatives emerge: holism, consequences, usefulness, and democracy. These four imperatives structure the theoretical tensions in public policy research.

Keywords: administration; democracy; holism; policy process; public policy; stability; USA

Chapter.  18377 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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