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More on Sources of Public Policy

The focus here is to clarify how different political responsibilities-G1 get incorporated within each source of policy and so shape what we can expect of it.

Public Inquiry (CG-44)


To produce realistic, evidence-based policy proposals which can command public support

by using

available and specially collected information, commissioning expert investigations

as well as

accepting reports and evidence from the public, interest groups and other relevant parties.

Think-Tank Reports (CG-43)


To produce coherent policy proposals that are claimed to be necessary and beneficial, because of the starting assumptions (underlying paradigm or discipline) and the method of inquiry,

by using

in-house extensive and intensive research inquiries, as well as ongoing literature review, analyses and evaluation of existing public policies.

Departmental Paper (CG-42)


To produce policy proposals that the government can fully control and claim as viable and necessary

by using

government staff, departmental data and confidential sources of advice and information.

Vested Interest Proposals (CG-41)


To produce policy proposals that are feasible and desired by the vested interest—if industry, to reduce their risk &/or increase their profits; if advocacy, to pursue and establish their values

by using

public data, industry data, basic investigations, ongoing analyses of social circumstances and evaluation of current public policies.

Read about inquiry methods used to generate policy; and consider the effect of mind-set on policy-generating inquiry.

Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2011

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