Canonic Texts in Public Policy Studies: A Quantitative Analysis

Lisa L. Fan
2013 Journal of Public Affairs Education  
As an interdisciplinary study, public policy is situated at the intersection of traditional academic disciplines combined with the needs of policy research in the governmental sphere. Through the application of pragmatic analysis to collective decision making, public policy implementation and evaluation rely upon theoretical concepts and frameworks developed from other disciplines. A major challenge for this discipline whose current state of literature is relatively fragmented is identifying a
more » ... d is identifying a canon of texts fundamental to the development of its intellectual framework. No such agreed upon canon currently exists. This article offers a quantitative analysis specifying such a canon, termed the great books and articles of public policy. The establishment of a canon seeks to provide a common vocabulary for the intellectual development of the field and a common ground to integrate major concepts and theories into a coherent framework. In short, what is the core curriculum of canonic public policy texts?
doi:10.1080/15236803.2013.12001759 fatcat:hxkqsbdkkrb57ddg7axqyhqjrm