chapter  3
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Towards a view of policy analysis as practical reason

Policy analysis is a relatively new industry, going back no more than 30 years. However, even in this short time, it has come to hold a key position in modern public administration. In the last five years educational authorities throughout Australia have appointed policy analysts, assuming their role to be of crucial significance. Invariably policy analysts hold important positions close to the places where decisions are explored, made and evaluated. The work of policy analysts has become part of the institutional apparatus that is instrumental in determining and legitimizing policy choices.