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The Historical Roots of the Field

Peter DeLeon

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548453.003.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Historical Roots of the Field

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This article attempts to understand why the Lasswellian charge for the policy sciences has not been realized. It traces the cognitive and political evolutions of the policy sciences, and also gives some advice with regards to how policy sciences may achieve some of the earlier goals. A review of the development of the policy sciences's approach is included in the article. The article indicates some of the ways the policy world and the policy sciences can become even more synchronized. Finally, an understanding of the disjunction between the goals of the policy world and the policy sciences is presented.

Keywords: Lasswellian charge; policy sciences; cognitive evolution; political evolution; policy world; goals

Article.  8792 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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