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Does Policy Learning Meet the Standards of an Analytical Framework of the Policy Process

Dunlop, CA; Radaelli, CM; (2018) Does Policy Learning Meet the Standards of an Analytical Framework of the Policy Process. Policy Studies Journal , 46 (S1) S48-S68. 10.1111/psj.12250. Green open access

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Abstract

Reference to policy learning is commonplace in the public policy literature but the question of whether it qualifies as an analytical framework applicable to the policy process has yet to be systematically addressed. We therefore appraise learning as analytical framework in relation to four standards: assumptions and micro‐foundations, conceptual apparatus, observable implications, normative applications. We find that policy learning meets the four standards, although its theoretical leverage varies across them. Since we are not aware of theories of the policy process that meet all of these standards all the time, we conclude that policy learning fares reasonably well and it's worth investing intellectual resources in this field.

Type: Article
Title: Does Policy Learning Meet the Standards of an Analytical Framework of the Policy Process
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/psj.12250
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/psj.12250
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/),, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Political Science, Public Administration, Government & Law, explanation, policy learning, causality, public policy, theories of the policy process, KNOWLEDGE, POWER, DIMENSIONS, FAILURE, LESSONS, EUROPE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056592
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