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This interdisciplinary nature is both a strength and a weakness that has perennially faced policy studies. It is a strength because the discipline draws upon the best insights from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. To some people, however, it is a weakness because policy scientists do not share a language that transcends disciplinary boundaries. 3). This book follows in the policy process tradition, which is more grounded in traditional political science. Students of the policy process view rational, scientific, and often quantitative policy analysis as part of the raw material of policy making that participants use to advocate for their preferred policies.
Policy scholars develop theories about how the policy process works, and develop tools and methods to analyze how policy is made and implemented. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; Journal of Public Policy, Policy Studies Review, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Policy History The study of what governments choose to do or not to do, including studies of the policy process, policy implementation and impact, and evaluation. html. analysis is often undertaken in the name of advocacy, and is but one part of the rhetorical tools used in political debate.
All right reserved. As I wrote this chapter for the first edition, my introductory public policy course was giving its group presentations on issues related to the apparent outbreak of school violence incidents in places such as Springfield, Oregon, and Littleton, Colorado, in the late 1990s. One of the groups chose to focus on pending federal legislation, alternative policy choices, and the group’s analysis of the desirability of alternative solutions to the school violence problem. The group argued that armed guards, cameras in classrooms, metal detectors, and other measures seemed too severe.