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An Application of Fuzzy Set Theory to Policy Evaluation: The Case of Anti-corruption Policy

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 24(4), pp.313-338
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Kim, Min Ju 1

1동양대학교

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ABSTRACT

Policy evaluation is one of the areas to which fuzzy set theory has not yet been applied extensively. However, application of fuzzy-set theory in the policy evaluation field reveals useful implications in terms of configurational thinking of the policy mechanism. This is due to the use of truth values between 0.0 and 1.0 to represent the degree of membership, along with the analysis of multiple conjunctural causal relation of factors. In particular, fuzzy-set/qualitative comparative analysis based on the theoretical and substantive knowledge of the evaluator or researcher is appropriate to assess government policies and programs. In this paper, the anti-corruption programs of 39 government agencies are analyzed. As such, this study not only discusses a fuzzy-set theory, but also actually applies a fuzzy-set model to the evaluation of anti-corruption policies and programs. The results suggest that fuzzy set theory can be used as a complementary method of policy evaluation.

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