|Part 2: Research Uptake Policy series: a Meta-analysis of the knowledge-to-policy field|
|Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:55|
Dr Sara Grobbelaar, a Researcher at CREST,considers a range of authors’ views on the process for the analysis of the policy process and also reviews various paradigms of enquiry.
Part 1 of this four-part blog series on Research Uptake: Knowledge to Policy discussed tensions between researchers, policy analysts and politicians.
In Part 2 we consider a range of authors’ views on analysis of the policy process, and also review various paradigms of enquiry. This provides an interesting background for the concluding section, which outlines what these paradigms of inquiry imply for a range of approaches to the policy process.
Analysis and the policy process
According to Parsons (1995), as Lasswell suggested, the policy sciences could be defined in terms of (H.D. Lasswell, 1971):
It was therefore proposed that these varieties of policy analyses could be presented as a continuum:
Analysis of policy
Monitoring and evaluation
Analysis for policy
Concluding from the section above, the policy analysis field is concerned with a range of aspects of the policy making process from having a better understanding of how policy is made, how to influence these processes and also what needs to be considered in providing appropriate support to decision makers.
In the key body of the full paper, we consider various paradigms of inquiry and their implications for policy studies through which these questions have been attempted to be answered.Followed up by a highly selective overview of paradigms to policy approaches.
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This is the second blog in a four-part “Research Uptake: Knowledge to Policy” blog series:
Part 1 discussed tensions between researchers, policy analysts and politicians.
Part 3: Research Uptake Policy series: Key heuristics, metaphors, theories and frameworks
Part 4: Towards synthesised theories of policy change
The essay on which this series is based can be found here
Dr Sara Grobbelaar is a researcher at CREST, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.