Journal article

Improving public policy and administration: exploring the potential of design

Arwin van Buuren, Jenny M Lewis, B Guy Peters, William Voorberg

Policy and Politics: an international journal | Policy Press | Published : 2020


In recent years, design approaches to policymaking have gained popularity among policymakers. However, a critical reflection on their added value and on how contemporary ‘design-thinking’ approaches relates to the classical idea of public administration as a design science, is still lacking. This introductory paper reflects upon the use of design approaches in public administration. We delve into the more traditional ideas of design as launched by Simon and policy design, but also into the present-day design wave, stemming from traditional design sciences. Based upon this we distinguish between three ideal-type approaches of design currently characterising the discipline: design as optimisat..

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