Confronting New Policies
Chapter 4: A measurement instrument for policy alienation
The previous chapter conceptualized the five policy alienation dimensions. Building on these conceptualizations, the goal of this chapter is to develop a reliable and valid policy alienation measurement instrument, using scale development techniques. Hence, it aims to measure policy alienation using a survey that is filled in by public professionals implementing a policy. In this survey, questions are asked to tap the degree of policy alienation felt. For instance, when measuring the degree of operational powerlessness experienced, professionals are asked to answer to items such as ‘When I work with this policy, I have to adhere to tight procedures’ (answer categories strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree) and ‘I have freedom to decide how to use the policy’ (answer categories strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree). In this way, we can measure the degree of policy alienation for both the individual and the total group of professionals.
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