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ERIC Number: ED358445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 11
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Classical Stasis Theory and the Analysis of Public Policy.
Hatch, Gary Layne
In classical Greece, there was a close tie between rhetoric and the practice and theory of public policy. Gradually, however, rhetoric became increasingly concerned with style and literary criticism, while philosophers began to debate political issues apart from the practical affairs of the polis. Because rhetoric provides a model that can still allow for quantitative and empirical study but that would also account for ethical and philosophical issues, it should be reunited with the analysis of public policy. The model comes from classical stasis theory. Stasis theory was first conceptualized by Hermagoras of Temnos who devised a four-part heuristic (conjecture, definition, quality, and objection) for identifying the crucial issue in a given case. After examining issues of fact, the analyst turns to issues of interpretation. Questions of value may involve evaluation of an action or of its consequences. The final stasis of public policy discourse involves parliamentary issues that determine the rules of objection. Who should debate or decide an issue? Under what conditions should debate occur? After completing this four-part analysis, the policy analyst is prepared to join in the debate. Given the particular context, audience, and purpose, the analyst can select the point of stasis or disagreement for that particular audience and address the point of stasis according to rules acceptable for that context. (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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