Title

Public Policy As A Self-Conscious Area Of Study

Date of Award

1978

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Public Administration

Advisor(s)

James D. Carroll

Keywords

Public administration, incremental decisions versus comprehensive planning, totalitarianism, democracy, centralized government, political science

Subject Categories

Policy History, Theory, and Methods

Abstract

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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