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Four Theories of Public Policy Making and Fast Breeder Reactor Development

Comparative public policy studies have usually tried to show why one explanation of policy is correct and others are false. To be worthwhile, empirical policy analyses need to combine different approaches. The more sophisticated the conceptualization and measurement of the dependent (policy)... Full description

1st Person: Kitschelt, Herbert
Source: in International organization : IO Vol. 40, No. 1 (1986), p. 65-104
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 1986
Keywords: research-article
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