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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A diamond in the rough: digging up and polishing Harold D. Lasswell's decision functions
Author(s): Weible, Christopher M
Cairney, Paul
Yordy, Jill
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Keywords: Policy cycle
Policy sciences
Policy process theories
Human dignity
Political equality
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Date Deposited: 8-Mar-2022
Citation: Weible CM, Cairney P & Yordy J (2022) A diamond in the rough: digging up and polishing Harold D. Lasswell's decision functions. Policy Sciences, 55 (1), pp. 209-222.
Abstract: As part of Harold D. Lasswell’s policy sciences, the decisions functions emerged to explore and understand comparative policy processes. The decision functions specified different categories of purposes, roles, and responsibilities performed, to various extents and ways, by all governments. These included intelligence, recommendation, prescription, invocation, application, appraisal, and termination. Additionally, the decision functions were not necessarily sequenced or in any government unit. Over time, the decision functions morphed in meaning and use, eventually supplanted by the policy cycle. This commentary digs up and polishes the decision functions and argues for their inclusion in contemporary policy process theories and research. We end with new questions and paths for advancing knowledge and contributing to Lasswell’s vision in realizing greater human dignity.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11077-022-09451-9
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