Policy Modeling

Neta C. Crawford

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 Modeling

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This article discusses policy modeling. A brief summary of some of the main strategic nuclear beliefs and arguments that were held in USA during the Cold War is provided in the first section. The article reviews the origins of systems analysis and summarizes the core beliefs that underpin the practice. It explores the abstract and formal world of systems analysis by reviewing some of the basic techniques and then discusses the ‘scientific seduction’ of operations research and systems analysis. The article concludes with the question of the consequences of systems analysis: how nuclear abstractions made the world.

Keywords: policy modeling; strategic nuclear beliefs; systems analysis; basic techniques; scientific seduction; operations research; nuclear abstractions; consequences

Article.  17538 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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