Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-v5vhk Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-14T18:28:10.022Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Futurism in Policy Analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 May 2020

E. Clarke Ross*
Troy State University


Michael Genovese's summer 1985 article, “Politics and Science Fiction Films,” is an excellent introduction to the broader topic of futurism and forecasting as methods of public policy analysis. These methods can be an interesting and challenging aspect of a graduate public administration course in public policy analysis.

“The future does not simply happen. We create it. We can choose our future.” Accepting this assumption, I have integrated futures studies and forecasting into the Troy State University European Region graduate public administration course, “Policy and Decision Making in Government.” The course is a required component of a master's degree program offered under contract with the U.S. Air Force European Command. I have taught the course seven times, at bases in England, Turkey, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Research Article
Copyright © American Political Science Association 1974

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)



1 Institute for Alternative Futures. “Health Futures Project.” Washington, DC: IAF, 1982.

2 Hopkins, Frank Snowden. “The Will To Succeed: Solving the World's Problems,“ in The Futurist. Bethesda, MD: World Futures Society, December 1985. Page 50.Google Scholar

3 National Capital Area Chapter, American Society for Public Administration, announcement of its April 18, 1985 professional luncheon.

4 Fitch, Robert M. and Svengalis, Cordell M.Futures Unlimited: Teaching About Worlds To Come. Washington, DC: National Council for the Social Studies, 1979.Google Scholar