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Learning in Public Policy

Richard Freeman

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/9780199548453.003.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Learning in Public Policy

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This article discusses learning in public policy and aims to take stock of the different ways of thinking about learning in public policy. It examines the literature on convergence and diffusion between countries, which is important for distinguishing learning from other processes of development. The next topic discussed is Heclo's landmark study of political learning, which is described as ‘collective puzzling’. A third and different literature about learning as part of the ordinary business or practice of policy making is introduced. The article concludes with some reflections about the role of comparison in the process of learning across space and time.

Keywords: learning; public policy; Heclo; political learning; collective puzzling; comparison; space and time

Article.  11017 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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