Developing Public Policy Theory: Perspectives from Empirical Research

  title={Developing Public Policy Theory: Perspectives from Empirical Research},
  author={George Douglas Greenberg and Jeffrey Alan Miller and Lawrence B. Mohr and Bruce C. Vladeċk},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1532 - 1543}
There has been considerable interest in the development of theories of public policy formation, but theoretical efforts to date have not demonstrated adequate recognition of the distinctive qualities of the dependent variable as a focus of research. Facets of public policy are far more difficult to study systematically than most other phenomena investigated empirically by political scientists. Our attempt to test hypotheses with some rigor demonstrated that public policy becomes troublesome as… 


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