Academic Policy Analysis and Research Utilization in Policymaking

Authored by: Sonja Blum , Marleen Brans

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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The product of policy analysis, it has been stated by Weimer and Vining (1992), is advice. Policy analysts, including those from academia, are engaged in numerous activities of policy advice, such as diagnosing policy problems, pre-evaluating different policy options, or studying the effects of reform efforts. And yet, policy analysis has come a long way from the understanding of it as an art and craft that can speak ‘truth to power’ (Wildavsky, 1979) in a direct or linear way. Caplan (1979, p. 459) described social scientists and policymakers as living in separate worlds, forming two communities—each with ‘different and often conflicting values, different reward systems and different languages’. Along with the different languages come cultural dissimilarities and translation difficulties.

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