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Futurism in Policy Analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 May 2020

E. Clarke Ross*
Affiliation:
Troy State University

Extract

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.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © American Political Science Association 1974

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References

Notes

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