Sorting out chaos: Four methodological approaches to do research in public policy
- Hernandez-Luis, Alejandro - Carrasco, Camila - Garcia-Guerra, Sarai
- Datos de publicación:
- REVISTA ESPANOLA DE CIENCIA POLITICA-RECP,Vol.,173-196,2021
- public policy - ontology - methodology - analytical frameworks
- Migración Web of Science 
- Public policy analysis (PPA) is a disciplinary field where multiple theories and methodological procedures converge. This research note addresses whether it is possible to organize knowledge in a way that philosophical assumptions, analytical frameworks and methods could be aligned. To this aim, Patrick Jackson's typology is used as an organizational scheme of the debates in philosophy of science. Based on this, we propose a distribution of PPA macro theories in correspondence with the four methodologies defined in Jackson's scheme: neopositivism, realism, analyticism and reflexivity. The purpose of this exercise is to make PPA theoretical proposals more accessible for researchers and, this way, to highlight their distinctive elements and practical implications for research methodologies. This will allow to visualize the potential paths that could lead towards more consistent, coherent and congruent research designs.