The Policy-Making Process: A Review

Charles E. Lindblom=s The Policy Making Process (Prentice-Hall, 1980)is a seminal work in the policy planning canon, one in which a deceptively spare volume (126 pages) speaks to a wide range of heuristic issues that are germane to the field.

That the writing is also spare speaks to the practical wisdom accumulated by this Yale University Sterling Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science who in 1997 was awarded the ADwight Waldo Award for outstanding contributions to the literature and leadership of public administration through an extended career@(APAR Awards,@ 1998, II).

Lindblom=s book is AIssue oriented@ in that it attempts to provide a structure for questioning and inquiry, rather than providing a template for policy-making procedures. ATo understand who or what makes policy@ he stated in the first chapter, Aone must understand the characteristics of the participants, what parts or roles they play, what authority and other powers they hold, and how they deal with and control each other@ (p. 2).

Quickly he dismisses the trend du jour of analyzing policy that Aseparates policy making into its component steps and analyzes each step in turn...Our approach, for the most part, organizes the analysis around those aspects of policy making common to all steps@ (p. 3). Here, then, is the organizing theme, the grand scheme if you will, of the entire work. Policy making is not a d



Related Essays

The Controversy over Judicial Review .... Judicial activism created substantive due process analysis and .... It has made the policy-making power of the .... Democracy and Distrust; A Theory of Judicial Review. .... (1640 7 )

Monetary Policy .... Amant writing in Bank of Canada Review comment that .... sources of uncertainty when setting monetary policy. .... of different models into the decision-making process. .... (1214 5 )

Shared Decision Making in Schools Introduction Chion-Kenney and .... can be found in an extensive review of the .... as to really allow teachers a voice in the process. .... eg curriculum decisions) but not in others (eg policy making). .... (2339 9 )

Death and Dying and Decision Making Process .... should impose their own views of public policy. .... judicial review." The formal mediation process typically the .... to reach a consensus and final decision-making. .... (7745 31 )

Environmental Dispute Resolution Process 5665: 7/2/90 8 pages .... Short review of ways various industry groups .... to the interdependence of the decision making process. .... strong development of coherent global environmental policy. .... (7349 29 )

Category: Government - T
Common Topics
Click Here to Get Instant Access to over 32,000 Professionally Written Papers!!!
Join Now  
Saved Papers  
Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!
"This site is an excellent vehicle for quick referrences. Thanks a bunch!"
Carla T.
"Great site, I got a lot of new ideas I would have never thought of before."
Nate A.
"I love this site!!!"
Marie H.
"Thank you for making such a high quality site! Your papers are the best I have seen around"
Debbie B.
"Your site was very helpful and gave me the details I needed in order to complete my essay!!!"
Mike F.
Copyright © 2007 - 2014 Lots of Essays. All Rights Reserved. DMCA