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A description of a newly emerging interdisciplinary field that focuses on the study and improvement of public policymaking. Called policy sciences, it is based on behavioral sciences and analytical approaches. Modern areas of study such as decision theory, general systems theory, management sciences, and systems engineering contribute to this new field. While the test of policy sciences is better achievement of considered goals through more effective and more efficient policies, policy sciences, as such, do not deal with discrete policy problems. They do provide improved methods for doing so. Papers on the problems and perspectives of policy sciences to be presented in December at a symposium organized by the author are announced here. 8 pp. Ref.

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