From Theory to Praxis and Back: Do Public Policy Schools Create Scientific Knowledge?
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
Dr. Gayil Talshir
Head, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem