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Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession
  • Iris Geva-May

Abstract

The main objective of this chapter is to highlight the intellectual processes involved in policy analysis. The chapter discusses (a) notions of professional reasoning; (b) clinical reasoning and cognitive processes in the clinical process of policy analysis; (c) theories of cognition and bounded rationality that contribute to policy analysis practice (i.e., problem solving, prediction and decision making); and (d) awareness of these issues and instructional implications for enabling a learner to successfully join the policy analysis professional community. The author proposes a pedagogy of learning through inference as it yields embodied concepts that can be reclaimed in future related diagnostic contexts.

Keywords

policy analysis profession bounded rationality clinical cognition reasoning discipline medicine psychology economics practice instruction diagnosis uncertainty context cues embodied knowledge 

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