Conceptualising policy design in the policy process

Saba Siddiki, Cali Curley

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The study of policy design has been of long-standing interest to policy scholars. Recent surveys of policy design scholarship acknowledge two main pathways along which it has developed; one in which the process of policy designing is emphasised and one in which the output of this policy designing process - for example, policy content - is emphasised. As part of a survey of extant research, this article discusses how scholars guided by different orientations to studying policy design are addressing and measuring common policy design concepts and themes, and offers future research opportunities. The article also provides a platform for considering how insights stemming from different orientations of policy design research can be integrated and mapped within the broader public policy process. Finally, the article raises the question of whether a framework that links different conceptualisations of policy design within the policy process might help to advance the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • policy design • conceptual framework • policy analysis • policy content • public policy process • policy formulation • policy tools • policy language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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