Policy Theory, Policy Theory Everywhere: Ravings of a Deranged Policy Scholar Academic Article uri icon


  • The field of policy theory abounds with numerous theories, with each theory having a set of practitioners that are working independently of the others. Resolving conflicts among policy theories as a result is difficult. This essay has a more modest goal of posing some questions and suggesting some avenues for future research. Key points include defining the purpose of policy theory, incorporating management into our theories, making strategic choices about areas of study, addressing the parsimony-comprehensiveness tradeoff, and providing a more nuanced role for institutions. 2009 Policy Studies Organization.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Meier, K. J.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Meier, Kenneth J

publication date

  • February 2009