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Original scientific paper

From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision

Philippe Zittoun ; Science Po, Grenoble, France

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APA 6th Edition
Zittoun, P. (2011). From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision. Politička misao, 48 (5), 106-124. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493
MLA 8th Edition
Zittoun, Philippe. "From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision." Politička misao, vol. 48, no. 5, 2011, pp. 106-124. https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493. Accessed 14 Dec. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Zittoun, Philippe. "From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision." Politička misao 48, no. 5 (2011): 106-124. https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493
Harvard
Zittoun, P. (2011). 'From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision', Politička misao, 48(5), pp. 106-124. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493 (Accessed 14 December 2019)
Vancouver
Zittoun P. From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision. Politička misao [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2019 December 14];48(5):106-124. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493
IEEE
P. Zittoun, "From Instrument to Policy: Observing the Meaning Process to Make a Decision", Politička misao, vol.48, no. 5, pp. 106-124, 2011. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493. [Accessed: 14 December 2019]

Abstracts
From 1950, a lot of researchers try to understand what is policy, how to define it and what kind of knowledge we can produce about it. When Harold Lasswell in 1942 proposed to develop the policy science, he established a strong connection between the development of policy sciences and democracy. He deemed that there was a complementary relationship between knowing policy and the political system. With policy analysis at the end of the century, two kinds of knowledge have been developed. First, knowledge about the substance of policy, the different kind of instruments which compose it, their effects, meaning and goals. Second, knowledge of the policy process, to understand how and why policy changes. Each knowledge has its own dynamics. But the problem is always the difficulty to link the two kinds of knowledge: knowledge of instrument analysis and knowledge of policy dynamics analysis. We can choose between work which understands the substance of policy but does not examine policy dynamics, and work about policy dynamics that does not take into account the specific substance of policy. Finally, a lot of researchers who produce knowledge of instruments never understand why their knowledge has so little influence. The paper aims to review the complex relationship between knowledge of instruments and knowledge of policy dynamics, and proposes to open a new way by considering the role of knowledge of instruments inside policy dynamics. The main idea is to focus on the discursive process of actors who transform instruments into policy by making sense of the instruments, and to illustrate this by some empirical examples.

Keywords
policy knowledge; policy-making process; policy analysis; policy instruments; prescriptive policy knowledge; predictive policy knowledge; post-modern policy analysis

Hrčak ID: 80493

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/80493

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