This chapter follows the structure of the previous one by first describing how ‘ideas’ might be defined, then detailing ideas-based approaches to the comparative analysis of public policy. Some of the ideas-based perspectives described here (such as policy design, policy learning and policy-oriented research) fall within the mainstream of academic and political approaches to policy analysis. Others, particularly postmodernism, are highly controversial. Yet others, such as interpretivism, began at the fringes of policy analysis but have become increasingly common.
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