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Previewing Policy Sciences: Multiple Lenses and Segmented Visions
Politics and Policy (2006)
  • Thomas Sinclair, Binghamton University--SUNY
In setting an agenda for policy sciences, Harold Lasswell argued that the field would be shaped by its contextuality, problem orientation, and methodological diversity. The review of developments in the field in this article shows that scholars have divided into positivist and post-positivist orientations that employ multiple frameworks and models. I argue that theoretical diversity should be expected and welcomed given the complexity of policy processes and phenomena. The article encourages positivists and post-positivists alike to allow the problem being studied to drive analysis and to seek ways to integrate different theoretical and methodological approaches.
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Sinclair, Thomas A.P. “Previewing Policy Sciences: Multiple Lenses and Segmented Visions.” Politics and Policy, Volume 34, No. 3, pages 481-503.