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Political Feasibility and Policy Analysis

Arnold J. Meltsner
Public Administration Review
Vol. 32, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1972), pp. 859-867
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/974646
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/974646
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

A current deficiency of the analysis of public policy issues by governmental agencies is the slighting of political implications. Analysis should lead to policies that can be implemented, and the study of political feasibility is one way of bridging the gap between the desirable and the possible. Yet one reason that analysts have not considered political feasibility in their studies is the lack of a convenient methodology. As a beginning, a list of categories are suggested that could lead to the mapping of the politics of policy alternatives. These categories include the identification of actors, their beliefs and motivations, resources, and the sites of their interactions. The difficulty of integrating political implications with analytical procedures is explored, and the requirement for anticipatory research is stressed.

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