The Unique Methodology of Policy Research

Amitai Etzioni

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 Unique Methodology of Policy Research

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This article provides a unique methodology of policy research, focusing on the various factors that differentiate policy research from basic research. It identifies malleability as a key variable of policy research, and this is defined as the amount of resources that would have to be expended to cause change in a given variable or variables. The scope of analysis/factors of policy research is shown to encompass all the major facets of the social phenomenon it is trying to deal with. Basic research, on the other hand, fragments the world into abstract and analytical slices, which are then studied individually. The last two differentiating factors of policy research and basic research, which are privacy and communication, are studied in the last two sections of the article.

Keywords: policy research; basic research; differences; malleability; scope of analysis; social phenomenon; abstract and analytical slices; privacy and confidentiality; communication

Article.  4876 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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