Accelerated Development and Policymaking Improvement.

by Yehezkel Dror

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An analysis of available knowledge in the various development study disciplines and the current state-of-the-art in policy sciences, with some recommendations for the improvement of policymaking. One critical aspect of the political-administrative system, a most important variable for shaping all facets of development, is the policymaking function. Tentative recommendations are offered for the improvement of policymaking and leadership in developing countries: (1) operations of the highest political decisionmaking organs should be improved, (2) the macrostructure of government should be subjected to reconsideration, (3) higher civil service patterns should be reconsidered, (4) social science and analysis professionals should serve as central staff officers for policy issues, (5) more policy-relevant research should be undertaken, (6) standards for qualifications of politicians should be established, and (7) new orientations and modes for considering policy alternatives should be introduced and tested under conditions of accelerated development. 10 pp. (KB)

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