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Theoretical perspectives on policy analysis

Peter Knoepfel, Corinne Larrue, Frédéric Varone and Michael Hill

in Public policy analysis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781861349071
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.003.0001
Theoretical perspectives on policy analysis

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This chapter begins by presenting a brief analysis of the literature from the traditional policy analysis schools. It then evaluates the specific theoretical framework adopted in this book. It discusses how policy analysis is an applied subfield whose contents cannot be determined by disciplinary boundaries but by whatever appears appropriate to the circumstances of the time and the nature of the problem. It adds that policy analysis is located at the junction of previously established knowledge from which it borrows its principal concepts. It associates policy analysis and the theory of state. It explains the way in which public action works. It then focuses on the analysis of the results and effects of the latter.

Keywords: policy analysis; theoretical framework; knowledge; principal concepts; public action

Chapter.  4733 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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