Public policy scholars have developed a number of theories of the policymaking process. Their work has come to define what some now refer to as the “policy theory” literature. Our task is to identify theoretical and empirical courses of study that will advance this research program. We limit ourselves to identifying an existing theory that already provides such an advance, and we discuss some of its theoretical benefits and empirical support. Specifically, we make the case that there exists a well developed theory of delegation that rivals what we deem to be the best of the existing policy theories. We also suggest that existing theoretical frameworks might benefit from incorporating delegation theory explicitly, and conclude that empirical policy research has much to contribute to the development and useful application of delegation models.
- policy theory,
- policy making process
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