The Social Fabric Matrix Approach to Policy Analysis: An Introduction

  • Scott T. Fullwiler
  • Wolfram Elsner
  • Tara Natarajan


The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the reader to the Social Fabric Matrix approach to policy analysis (SFM-A) as laid out in Hayden (2006). This chapter is better understood as a “how to” chapter rather than as a more traditional summary or discussion of the rest of the contributions in the volume. The chapter describes the foundations of the SFM-A approach in general systems theory and instrumentalist philosophy. It then describes the process of building an SFM, and presents extensions of the SFM-A to normative systems analysis, analysis of time and timeliness, quantitative modeling, and social indicators. The chapter concludes with a brief summary of the rest of the chapters.


Policy Analysis Social Indicator Deontic Logic Normative Criterion Social Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott T. Fullwiler
    • 1
  • Wolfram Elsner
    • 2
  • Tara Natarajan
    • 3
  1. 1.Wartburg CollegeWaverlyUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Institutional and Innovation Economics-iino, Faculty for Economics and Business StudiesUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Saint Michael’s CollegeColchesterUSA

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