Policy Frames

[Bacon] is not suggesting that learning should be a preoccupation of a few men withdrawn from active affair, but that men of affairs in the state should set learning as the highest and most practical of their aims. (Bacon, 1973) (1).

Policymaking is a complex dynamic of actors performing on often well-defined platforms. The process should be driven by sound science [broad usage] but is also necessarily influenced by the institution [values, norms & practices] enveloping the policy arena. In order to improve the process, the interaction of these policy variables must be understood, and the time-dependence of this interaction should be appreciated. This complex mesh is organised using policy frames.

This page will layout existing policy frames, and ongoing efforts to improve policy framing. It will provide links academic research centres and think-tanks at the fore front of policy studies.


(1)Bacon, F., 1973. The Advancement of Learning. In: Parsons, W., 1995. Public Policy. An introduction to the theory and practice of policy analysis. Edward Elgar.