CAS PO 331 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-6: David Easton, Professional Forum, Logit

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Chapter 1: the need for better theories by paul sabatier: simplifying a complex world with theories and frameworks. A policy analyst must find a way to simplify the process if there is ever a hope to understand it. Through a set of presuppositions (that later can be described as conceptual frameworks or theories). These set of presuppositions help in 1) figuring out what to look for and 2) how to classify or categorize the information. For example, institutional rational choice tells us to look at institutions, individual actors and how they strategically maneuver institutional rules to pursue self-interested goals. Conceptual framework: a set of variables and description of how they are related used to account for a phenomena. Theory: a theory provides a denser and more logically coherent set of relationships. It is usually much more narrower in scope than a theory but more precise in its assuptions.

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