Policy sciences and democracy: a reexamination

Policy sciences and democracy: a reexamination Policy Sci (2017) 50:339–350 DOI 10.1007/s11077-017-9291-3 EDITORIAL N OTE Douglas Torgerson Published online: 24 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 The public, well, the dear public can be bamboozled with phrases. –Harold D. Lasswell, 1924 The paradox of Policy Sciences Policy Sciences has, since the inception of the journal, been beset by an apparent paradox. Even though its keynote has been diversity, the journal has also been animated by a central theoretical orientation. The accent on diversity was already evident in E. S. Quade’s inaugural editorial, which promised ‘contributions reflecting all aspects of the policy sciences in all forms—think pieces, case studies, ideological essays, tirades, and historical surveys’ (1970: 2). Yet, how can such diversity be congruent with a central theoretical orientation? The paradox can be resolved if we recognize that the theoretical orientation which inspired the formation of the journal has a need for diversity at its core. This need for diversity—principally of perspectives and experiences—is notable in what Brunner and Willard have called, ‘central theory’ (2003: 4–8) in reference to the framework for the policy sciences conceived by Harold D. Lasswell. To reexamine here the relationship between policy sciences and democracy (cf. Dryzek and Torgerson 1993), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Policy Sciences Springer Journals

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