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Title: The new policy sciences: combining the cognitive science of choice, multiple theories of context, and basic and applied analysis
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
Weible, Christopher
Keywords: Bounded rationality
Complexity
Policy sciences
Policy process
Policy analysis
Public policy
Issue Date: Dec-2017
Citation: Cairney P & Weible C (2017) The new policy sciences: combining the cognitive science of choice, multiple theories of context, and basic and applied analysis, Policy Sciences, 50 (4), pp. 619-627.
Abstract: It is time to imagine a new policy sciences. The policymaking world has moved on since its first design. So too has our understanding of it. The original policy sciences were contextualized, problem-oriented, multi-method, and focused on using scientific research towards the realization of greater human dignity. We introduce a new policy sciences that builds on such aims. We describe the need for realistic depictions of ‘rational’ and ‘irrational’ choice, multiple theories to portray the multifaceted nature of complex contexts, and the combination of applied and basic research. To set this new agenda, we build on two foundational strategies: identifying advances in the psychology of decision-making and describing how policy theories depict policymaking psychology in complex contexts.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-017-9304-2
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

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