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Professor Peter Knoepfel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349071

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.001.0001

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Theoretical perspectives on policy analysis

Theoretical perspectives on policy analysis

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(p.3) One Theoretical perspectives on policy analysis
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Public policy analysis
Author(s):

Peter Knoepfel

Corinne Larrue

Frédéric Varone

Michael Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349071.003.0001

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

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