Public Policy As A Self-Conscious Area Of Study
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
James D. Carroll
Public administration, incremental decisions versus comprehensive planning, totalitarianism, democracy, centralized government, political science
Policy History, Theory, and Methods
There are two opposing viewpoints about contemporary policy studies. One holds that public policy is nothing more than political science or public administration. Eulau sees a good deal of fakery in public policy studies, which he calls "new public policy." He asserts that "policy" means almost nothing. For example, where one once spoke of political decision, political process, issue voting, and policy problems, one now speaks of policy decisions, policy process, policy voting and policy problems. No one seems to know what the new discipline is about even after a decade of writing about public policy. ...
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Thai, Khi Van, "Public Policy As A Self-Conscious Area Of Study" (1978). Public Administration - Dissertations. Paper 65.