Journal article

Policy Design as Craft: Teasing out policy design expertise using a semi-experimental approach

M Considine, DT Alexander, JM Lewis

Policy Sciences | Wiley | Published : 2014

Abstract

Public policy research typically neglects the role of the individual policy actor with most accounts of the policy process instead privileging the role of governmental systems, institutions, processes, organizations; organised interests or networks of multiple actors. The policy design literature suffers from similar limitations, with very few authors paying attention to the crucial work of the individual policy designer or considering how the latter's skills, expertise and creativity are employed in the design task. This represents a significant weakness in our understanding of how policy is formulated. This paper outlines and previews what we believe is a potentially fruitful semi-experime..

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