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The social science foundations of public policy in Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0582-8849
2022 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa / [ed] Gedion Onyango, New York: Routledge, 2022, p. 23-33Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Public policy is a window into social sciences’ evolution and the multidisciplinary foundation of policy studies globally, particularly in African universities and research organisations. Training in policymaking was useful for the colonial rule, but specific degree programs became popular only after independence and, more recently, with acute needs in public service delivery. In research, the disciplinary scope of social sciences has widened from anthropology to political economy, development and political science. While the increasing local research competence diversified knowledge production, the underlying academic traditions were not monolithic either. Pluralism of the approaches and links to policymaking-built capacity for ambitious theoretical and critical research. Governments and international development cooperation agencies’ active role in public policy research’s institutionalisation has facilitated besides conditioning its content. The participatory approach has brought the voice of intended target communities to the social research work, enhancing policy planning and implementation. Although freedom of research remains a concern, the instrumental value of public policy education for the governments has remained central.

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New York: Routledge, 2022. p. 23-33
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Africa, social policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2625DOI: 10.4324/9781003143840-3ISBN: 9780367516215 (print)ISBN: 9780367699208 (print)ISBN: 9781003143840 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2625DiVA, id: diva2:1624350
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eBook version published 31 December 2021

Available from: 2022-01-04 Created: 2022-01-04 Last updated: 2022-12-22Bibliographically approved

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