The Policy Analysis Profession

Authored by: Yukio Adachi

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Policy Analysis

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138959774
eBook ISBN: 9781315660561
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This chapter portrays the discipline of policy analysis as a sophisticated tool for effectively tackling serious, complicated, value-laden public problems, and to consider whether policy analysis may appropriately be recognized as a ‘profession’, in the classic sense of the term. The first of four sections below critically examines the conception of the elevated level of vocational occupations referred to as ‘professions’ that was formulated by British sociologist G. Millerson more than half a century ago. While Millerson’s conception is still most often referred to by sociologists of professionalism as the standard definition of the term, this chapter argues that the increase in new types of post-industrial and knowledge-based occupations requires us to revisit the traditional conception.

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