Policy feedback and learning

Authored by: Patrik Marier

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782456
eBook ISBN: 9780203097571
Adobe ISBN: 9781136223259


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This chapter tackles two subfields that have recently grown in importance in the analysis of public policy: policy feedback and policy learning. While policy learning is a potential outcome resulting from policy feedback, the latter is not essential for learning to occur. In fact, relative to the well-focused literature on policy feedback, this chapter illustrates that the literature on policy learning is extremely diverse and encapsulates a myriad of concepts, actors, and learning mechanisms. This chapter is divided into two sections. The first defines, analyzes and explains how policy feedback and policy learning are employed in the study of public policy. The second section discusses the mechanisms and tools that facilitate or impede policy learning, with a particular attention given to commissions.

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