Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 3: Methodological challenges for policy learning

Paola Coletti and Giulia Urso


The chapter will analyse the conceptual approach to policy learning. It will review a number of theories within the field of policy studies that imply a different role for the locally usable knowledge and for collective learning within the process, ranging from very rationalistic perspectives to views relying on more or less random confluences of streams. The classification of learning theories in three broad sections – learning between domains, learning within domains and organisational learning – will be examined. Besides the role of learning in the policy literature, the use of knowledge as a resource for agents of learning will be discussed.

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