The Public Interest

Paradoxes of welfare-state conservatism

Steven M. Teles

Fall 2000

AT times an unbridgeable gap seems to separate the policy sciences from the practical world of politics. Politicians complain that policy analysis is not “useful” to them, and policy analysts lament what they see as politicians’ ignorance of even the most rudimentary analytical principles. This gap is not simply a matter of willful obscurity on the one side or policy illiteracy on the other. Rather, it reflects a conscious choice of policy experts to eschew political and institutional analysis in favor of a more pure science of policy.

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