The Policy Sciences Emerge

To Nurture and Structure a Discipline

by Garry D. Brewer


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The policy sciences may be, some twenty-three years after the program's framework was laid out by Daniel Lerner, Harold Lasswell, and several of their distinguished colleagues in a collected work of that same title, finally emerging as a discernible professional activity. The need to sharpen the identifications, expectations, and demands of individuals beginning to call themselves "policy scientists" is great. This paper addresses this general need in such specific ways that it may discomfort many; hopefully, such discomfort will be more than matched by the serious, creative efforts of others who are imaginative enough to appreciate the value of a more self-confident and productive discipline.

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