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Policy Sciences

Policy Sciences

Integrating Knowledge and Practice to Advance Human Dignity

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Howlett

ISSN: 0032-2687 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-0891 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11077

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Michael Howlett

Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Associate Editors:

Caner Bakir

Department of International Relations, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Leong Ching

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Kate Crowley

School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia

Katrina Korfmacher

Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Rochester, NY, USA

Jale Tosun

Department of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Adam Wellstead

Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA

International Editorial Advisory Board:

William Ascher, Claremont McKenna College; Mathew Auer,  University of Georgia; Sarah Ayres, University of BristolDaniel Béland, McGill University; Garry D. Brewer, Yale University; Paul Cairney, University of Stirling; Hervé Crès, New York University-Abu Dhabi; Carsten Daugbjerg, Australia National University and University of Copenhagen; Lisa Dilling, University of Colorado, Boulder; Robert E. Goodin, Australian National University; Carolyn Heinrich, Vanderbilt UniversityMichael Howlett, Simon Fraser UniversitySusan Iott, US Government Accountability Office; Bryan Jones, University of Texas; Andrew Jordan, University of East AngliaAchim Kemmerling, University of Erfurt; TJ Lah, Yonsei University; Jenny Lewis, University of Melbourne; Allan McConnell, University of Sydney; José Luis Méndez Martínez, El Colegio de MexicoÉric Montpetit; University of Montreal; Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon; M. Ramesh, National University of SingaporeVivien Schmidt, Boston University; Claudia Scott, Victoria University of Wellington; Grace Skogstad, University of Toronto; Toddi SteelmanDuke University; Martijn van der Steen, Erasmus University; Arnošt Veselý, Charles University; Christopher M. Weible, University of Colorado, Denver; David Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Xun Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Nikolas Zahariadis, Rhodes College; Xufeng Zhu, Tsinghua University

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    The policy sciences are distinctive within the policy movement in that they embrace the scholarly traditions innovated and elaborated by Harold D. Lasswell and Myres S. McDougal. Within these pages we provide space for approaches that are problem-oriented, contextual, and multi-method in orientation. There are many other journals in which authors can take top-down, deductive, and large-sample approach or adopt a primarily theoretical focus. Policy Sciences encourages systematic and empirical investigations in which problems are clearly identified from a practical and theoretical perspective, are well situated in the extant literature, and are investigated utilizing methodologies compatible with contextual, as opposed to reductionist, understandings. We tend not to publish pieces that are solely theoretical, but favor works in which the applied policy lessons are clearly articulated.

    Policy Sciences favors, but does not publish exclusively, works that either explicitly or implicitly utilize the policy sciences framework. The policy sciences can be applied to articles with greater or lesser intensity to accommodate the focus of an author’s work.  At the minimum, this means taking a problem oriented, multi-method or contextual approach. At the fullest expression, it may mean leveraging central theory or explicitly applying aspects of the framework, which is comprised of three principal dimensions: (1) social process, which is mapped in terms of participants, perspectives, situations, base values, strategies, outcomes and effects, with values (power, wealth, enlightenment, skill, rectitude, respect, well-being, and affection) being the key elements in understanding participants’ behaviors and interactions; (2) decision process, which is mapped in terms of seven functions—intelligence, promotion, prescription, invocation, application, termination, and appraisal; and (3) problem orientation, which comprises the intellectual tasks of clarifying goals, describing trends, analyzing conditions, projecting developments, and inventing, evaluating, and selecting alternatives. There is a more extensive core literature that also applies and can be visited at the policy sciences website: http://www.policysciences.org/classicworks.cfm.

    In addition to articles that explicitly utilize the policy sciences framework, Policy Sciences has a long tradition of publishing papers that draw on various aspects of that framework and its central theory as well as high quality conceptual pieces that address key challenges, opportunities, or approaches in ways congruent with the perspective that this journal strives to maintain and extend.

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