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Why Policy Analysis and Ethics Are Incompatible

Douglas J. Amy
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Vol. 3, No. 4 (Summer, 1984), pp. 573-591
DOI: 10.2307/3324545
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3324545
Page Count: 19
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Why Policy Analysis and Ethics Are Incompatible
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Abstract

Commentators in the field of policy analysis have argued persuasively for the inclusion of ethical evaluations in the analytic process, yet most practitioners in the policy field avoid analyzing moral issues. Standard explanations for this neglect of ethics tend to be inadequate; assertions that normative analysis is unnecessary, impractical, impossible, or undesirable are demonstrably weak. Political factors, on the other hand, provide a clearer understanding of the neglect of ethics. Ethical inquiry is shunned because it frequently threatens the professional and political interests of both analysts and policymakers. The administrator, the legislator, the bureaucracy, and the profession of policy analysis itself all resist the potential challenges of moral evaluation.

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