Policy Rules Reading: Haller, S. F. & Gerrie, J. (2007). The Role of Science in Public Policy:...


Policy Rules

Reading: Haller, S. F. & Gerrie, J. (2007). The Role of Science in Public Policy: Higher Reason, or Reason for Hire? Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 20(2), 139-165. Retrieved from ProQuest database.

Haller & Gerrie (2007) argued that "Decisions must be made and not postponed until absolute scientific consensus has been reached, and thus, scientific input to contentious policy debates must be solicited in the here and now." (p. 143).

Discuss how public policy makers can incorporate scientific input into their strategy to insure policies reflect the best thinking available and policies have a high probability to resolve problems addressed.

Positive Economy v.s. Normative Economy:

The positive economy is the stream of the economy which describes and explains the economic facts, generates economic knowledge. On the other hand, the normative economy is the stream of the economy, which applies economic knowledge. The application of economic knowledge is controversial because each decision-maker has different ways to perceive social problems and proposals to solve them. The normative economy is related to areas like public policy or the development of social indicators.

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