The Public and its Policies

Robert E. Goodin, Martin Rein and Michael Moran

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Public and its Policies

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This article examines a story of the limits of high ambition in policy studies and policy making. It looks at the way those limits have been appreciated and how more modest ambitions have been made. The article also examines the difficulties of modest learning and reveals some of the most basic truths: policy and policy making is mostly a matter of persuasion and policy is not only about arguing, but also about bargaining. Networked governance, choices under constraint, and democratic politics are some of the other topics covered in this article.

Keywords: high ambition; policy studies; policy making; modest learning; persuasion; arguing; bargaining; networked governance; choices under constraint; democratic politics

Article.  16226 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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