The Ambitions of Policy Design

John S. Dryzek, Brian Ripley

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There is no shortage of warnings concerning the hazards of excessive ambition in consciously‐pursued public policy. In the light of these cautions, this paper considers the appropriate ambitions for policy design. The critics have missed the target. There is no need to fear ambition in policy design, provided that openness in communications about policy is secured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-719
Number of pages15
JournalReview of Policy Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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