A Political Values Perspective
The study of public policy has become increasingly detached from its close relative, political science. Interdisciplinary aspirations, originating with Lasswell, have not been met, and there is disagreement among policy scholars about the nature of their work. The complexity of the field is often addressed by distinguishing between theoretical studies of the policy process and applied studies that seek to influence policy. In spite of its close affinity with political science, policy studies have sought to develop their own theories of public policy, often detached from the realities of the political process of which policy is a part. Such efforts are subject to the same limitations that confront the social sciences in general when it comes to theorizing about a subject matter so complex and indeterminate.
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