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A Scientific Approach to Policy Study: Using Sufficient and Necessary Conditions in Set-Theory

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2018, 29(3), pp.341-361
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

EUNMI LEE 1 Yun, Sangoh 2 Ko Ki Dong 3

1서울대학교
2단국대학교
3

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ABSTRACT

This study focuses on how to apply set theory to policy research methodologically. It is more reasonable to understand the social phenomena expressed in language as a subset relationship rather than a causal relationship between variables. In set theory, each case has a value belonging to a specific set, and is compared with whether it is a subset of another set. It also emphasizes the existence of various coupling conditions that can reach the same result in set theory. Causality in set theory can be one of a sufficient condition, a necessary condition, a necessary and sufficient condition, an INUS condition, and a SUIN condition, and this causality is measured by consistency and coverage of condition. Applying it to the policy research of set theory can be an alternative to which can not be covered by the existing methodology and suggest a new approach and interpretation of social phenomenon.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.