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Linking Lasswell's political psychology and the policy sciences


  • William Ascher


  • Barbara Hirschfelder-Ascher



Contrary to apparent differences in timing and style between Harold D. Lasswell's political psychology and the policy sciences approach that he pioneered, the continuity and compatibility between the two are very high. The appropriateness of Lasswell's political psychology framework for addressing the intellectual tasks of the policy sciences is demonstrated by linking the insights of his political psychology to the policy sciences framework, and reviewing the common pragmatist philosophy underlying both his political psychology and the policy sciences.

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  • William Ascher & Barbara Hirschfelder-Ascher, 2004. "Linking Lasswell's political psychology and the policy sciences," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 37(1), pages 23-36, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:policy:v:37:y:2004:i:1:p:23-36

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    1. John Parkinson, 2003. "Legitimacy Problems in Deliberative Democracy," Political Studies, Political Studies Association, vol. 51(1), pages 180-196, March.
    2. John F. Forester, 1999. "The Deliberative Practitioner: Encouraging Participatory Planning Processes," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262561220, July.
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    1. Roger Pielke, 2004. "What future for the policy sciences?," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 37(3), pages 209-225, December.

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