A Political Values Perspective
In spite of the criticism of the rational model, ambition of a politics-free policy process has persisted. This has spilled over into public policy practice, political rhetoric, and policy commentary. This chapter examines the widely applied notion that policy making is best understood as occurring in a succession of ‘stages’, and discusses the most recent incarnation of the rational dream – evidence-based policy making. It draws attention to the absence of values and politics from rational accounts and the problems with reliance on evidence as a source of value-free advice.
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