The Future of the Policy Sciences


The Future of the Policy Sciences

9781800376472 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Anis Ben Brik, Associate Professor and Leslie A. Pal, Professor and Dean, College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 647 2 Extent: 224 pp
This forward-thinking book examines the future of public policy as a discipline, both as it is taught and as it is practiced. Critically assessing the limits of current theories and approaches, leading scholars in the field highlight new models and perspectives.

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This forward-thinking book examines the future of public policy as a discipline, both as it is taught and as it is practiced. Critically assessing the limits of current theories and approaches, leading scholars in the field highlight new models and perspectives.
Chapters present data on what is taught in policy schools, using survey results from schools of public policy to assess pedagogical scope and adequacy. The book also considers policy work in government, and whether theory matches practice. Reflecting on the future of policy making, policy advice, implementation and governance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it analyses how policy issues are now framed and debated, the range of available tools, and how public compliance and popular support have been eroded by the crisis.

This book will be an essential guide to re-thinking the field of public policy and its theories, methods, and applications. It will help teachers, students, public managers and policy-makers navigate the new, turbulent governance landscape that lies ahead.
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‘Brik and Pal bring together a timely and robust examination of the “future of policy sciences” boldly asking what are the new policy and governance challenges in a post pandemic world? And within the context of a potentially “bigger, protective state”, how well positioned and developed are the theories of policy science to progress meaningful and robust analysis? This book points to new and emerging themes in theoretical development, research and in the curricula of policy schools across the globe, noting unique developments in the non-Western world. Discussion explores the emerging concerns for the governance of turbulence, the challenging disdain of expertise and evidence, the growing role of big data and the accelerated interest in digital services pushed by pandemic pressures and uncertainty. Scholars and leaders of programs and schools of policy and governance will find this a valuable account of how the policy sciences is evolving and what is driving this intellectual development.’
– Christopher Walker, Griffith University, Australia

‘The Future of the Policy Sciences provides a comprehensive overview of the past development and new trends of policy sciences. Particularly, new technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, and global disasters, such as the Ebola and COVID-19 pandemics, have fundamentally changed the ecology of policy decision making all over the world. In the framework of digital governance and global governance, we must reconsider the foundation of policy science theories. Anyone interested in future public policy issues must read this sharp, timely, brilliant book.’
– Xufeng Zhu, Tsinghua University, China
Contributors: N. Ahmad, A.B. Brik, C.A. Dunlop, O.G. El-Taliawi, N. Goyal, K. Hartley, B.W. Head, M. Howlett, D.S.L. Jarvis, G. Kuecker, S. Nair, L.A. Pal, C.M. Raedelli, A. Rechkemmer, Z. Van der Wal, A. Veselý

Preface x
1 Introduction: futures, now and then 1
Anis Ben Brik and Leslie A. Pal
2 Embracing the future of the policy sciences: big data in pedagogy and practice 9
Nihit Goyal, Ola G. El-Taliawi and Michael Howlett
3 Neo-professionalization of the civil service: an institutional perspective
on policy studies education 28
Kris Hartley and Norainie Ahmad
4 Policy science beyond self-congratulatory virtue signalling: matching
supply and demand in the scholarship, pedagogy and purpose of the
policy enterprise 51
Michael Howlett and Darryl S. L. Jarvis
5 Public policy education in the non-Western world: changing context
and content 70
Sreeja Nair, Ola G. El-Taliawi and Zeger Van der Wal
6 Disaster risk reduction and the development narrative: towards a new
public policy epistemic 85
Glen Kuecker and Kris Hartley
7 Policy practices: a bridge between policy theory and empirical research 103
Arnošt Veselý
8 Policy expertise and policy markets: challenges for tackling complex
problems in turbulent times 121
Brian W. Head
9 Back to the future: learning from the evolution of global sustainability
governance 140
Andreas Rechkemmer
10 What is a policy scholar for? 163
Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli
Conclusion. Future tense: a new grammar for the policy sciences? 180
Leslie A. Pal and Anis Ben Brik

Index 204
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