In what ways can a values-based perspective on policy be used to gain a better understanding of policy change? In an obvious sense, when policy changes, it is the enacted values that change, and where there has been associated controversy, the role of values can be very visible. But there is an invisible role as well. We know, from the work of Arrow and others, that under most assumptions there can be no non-arbitrary way of making a choice between values (considered as preference orderings), which suggests the overall importance of institutional structures in managing value conflicts.
KeywordsPolicy Change Policy Learning Structural Separation Rational Choice Model Advocacy Coalition Framework
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