The Public Interest

The once and future school of public policy

Aaron Wildavsky

Spring 1985

I have two partially complementary and partially opposed views. One is that schools of public policy as they now exist will continue much as they are. The other is that social developments, particularly the growing polarization of elites, will substantially alter their character. In the course of elaborating both views, I shall pose the usual questions—Where were these schools before? How did they get there? Where are they now?  What will and/or should happen to them?

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