ERIC Number: ED242778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Various Definitions of "Policy" on the Nature and Outcomes of Policy Analysis.
Guba, Egon G.
The impact of various definitions of the term "policy" on the nature and outcomes of policy analysis is illustrated by noting a variety of definitions which are implied in the literature. These definitions are applied to exemplar policy arenas to note their differential effect. The policy arenas discussed include the community corrections program within the criminal justice field, program of education for all handicapped students under Public Law 94-142, and the process of college and university accreditation by regional accreditation associations. Eight different definitions of policy are considered. Table 1 illustrates policy types, determiners, appearances, and proximity to point of action for eight definitions of policy. Table 2 examines the policy question, data collected, data sources, methodology, and policy products for the eight definitions of policy in the three exemplar areas. The results of this study indicate the importance of indicating the specific definition of policy used in an analysis. (DWH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Policy Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Small print in tables.