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Extra resources for An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making
Perhaps you will become active when you and your neighbors oppose the construction of a new shopping mall in your neighborhood. For some people this is the sort of problem that public policy is intended to address. But for others a mall is an opportunity for economic growth or an added convenience and the problem isn’t the mall, it’s the opposition to the mall. Perhaps your employer will ask you to participate in a public relations campaign to support or oppose a new policy. In short, chances are very good that you will become interested in the policy process at some point in your life, and I venture to guess that you will become involved in some way, given that you are reading this book!
Find an article on a public policy issue in a newspaper. Consider carefully whether the people making arguments for or against a particular policy are making normative or positive arguments. Are they using anecdotes or evidence? How can you tell the difference? Whose arguments do you consider most persuasive? Why? Additional Reading In this chapter I argue in favor of evidence-based policy advocacy. The making of public policy based on scientifically gathered evidence (by which I mean evidence from the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering) is not a new idea; indeed, this sort of evidence is at the heart of Lasswell’s call for a distinctive policy science.
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