Policy Analysis as Critique

John S. Dryzek

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

Policy Analysis as Critique

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This article discusses the concept of critique, which is treated rightly as basic to the entire enterprise of policy analysis. Critical policy analysis is also discussed in this article, along with two of its opposites, namely accommodation and technocracy. The article determines that critical policy analysis is a demanding vocation, due to the number of obstacles that stand in its way. However, it is slowly being incorporated into an emerging network society of decentralized problem solving. In the democratic world, critical policy analysis has the capacity to help realize the idea of a policy science of democracy.

Keywords: critique; critical policy analysis; accommodation; technocracy; network society; decentralized problem solving; policy science of democracy

Article.  6085 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Comparative Politics

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