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A Review of Disciplinary Consilience in Policy Studies: An Example of Ecological Perspective in Policy Studies

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 24(4), pp.289-312
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Hyunjoo Chang 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explores the applicability of an ecological perspective to extend debates of consilience in policy studies and to transcend their current limits. With an ecological perspective, policy studies could provide new insights for explanation of government roles relating to resource provision, building policy environments, and public or private organizations responsible for providing services. For example, an analysis of social enterprise ecology reveals that we need to extend niche activity in regions with competitive exclusion through development of new services and resources, expansion of public-private collaboration, and public procurement. The analysis also implies that more collaboration and resource sharing among social enterprises is required in regions with competitive displacement, through building community clusters with similar resources. Despite logical and methodological limitations, an ecological perspective could revitalize debates about consilience in policy studies. More specifically, attempting to better understand the possibilities of consilience with natural sciences as well as other social sciences may help to overcome the instrumental rationality of policy studies and expand the boundaries outward.

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