Interrogating Public Policy Theory: A Political Values Perspective

Linda BOTTERILL, Alan Fenna

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This book questions the way policy making has been distanced from politics in prevailing theories of the policy process, and highlights the frequently overlooked ubiquity of values and values conflicts in politics and policy. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of current theories, reviews the illusions of rationalism in politics, and explores the way values are implicated throughout the democratic process, from voter choice to policy decisions. It argues that our understanding of public policy is enhanced by recognizing its intrinsically political and value-laden nature.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlos, United Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages198
ISBN (Electronic)9781784710088
ISBN (Print)9781784710071
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Public Policy Series


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