From Theory to Praxis and Back: Do Public Policy Schools Create Scientific Knowledge?

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Do policy schools merely teach practitioners and do there research in the privacy of their office? The paper explores both the principles of creating an interdisciplinary curicullum for executive programs, and the potential of making use of the interjunction with the policy makers to rethink theory. On the first front it proposes three learning zones: an interdisciplinary cluster of social sciences; policy analysis; and leadership studies. The boundaries among the disciplines and the learining zones are then critically analyzed. On the second one, two main questions are raised: does the meetingpoint with the practitioners can itself instigate ways of rethinking policy theory? And does the art of remaking the line between theory and poractice, teaching and researching amount to a different view of applied sociall sceinces? Is it still a science?


Keywords: Theory-practice, Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Public Policy, Political Science
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Gayil Talshir

Head, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

D.Phil from Oxford University 1998 on the ideology of the new left and greens in Europe. Since then I moved in three directions: the state of democracy - civil society and party politics; welfare state and third way ideology; civic education and public policy. I head the executive program in public policy at the Hebrew University and spent my sabbatical in U of Michigan and oxford University.

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