Critical evaluation of the position of "rationality" in public policy-making

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor of Public Administration & Policy, Faculty of Islamic Studies and Management, Imam Sadiq (a.s) University

2 Public Administration & Policy Department, Management & Islamic Thought Faculty, Imam Sadiq (a.s) University, Tehran, Iran


Rationality should be considered as one of the central concepts in social sciences especially in the public policy. The importance of it as a reference point in the policy-making process has led to the formation of different theories around it. This article focuses on question, "How conceptual plurality of rationality in public policy formulated?"And through the method of Library Studies, we have attempted to investigate the literature of rationality in it. Although the scope of rationality debate has led to accumulation of good knowledge in it, it has brought a kind of conceptual confusion. We use Van de Van’s model to explore capacities for theoretical and practical solution."defining the logic of rationality placement", "using new terms in the field of rationality", "using the lived experiences of rational policy makers" and "moving towards producing operational indicators" as starting points for improving rationality in the national policy-making has been suggested.


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