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By Dvora Yanow

This publication bargains a brand new, interpretive means of realizing enterprises and coverage by means of studying how they communicate which means via symbolic language, items, and acts. Dvora Yanow argues that contested evidence in coverage usually mirror diversified coverage meanings, that are usually expressed tacitly during the symbols use through an enforcing association. Yanow's interpretation of the coverage procedure extends past the sector of public coverage to envision the way in which organisations determine id and a picture for themselves, the general public, and the realm. Her research could be of price to these fascinated with political technology, public management, and organizational reports.

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So, if an apple fell on one's head, it was not because Zeus was throwing thunderbolts and one hit the tree, but because of something called "gravity" that worked in Egypt and Canada just as it worked in Rome. Similarly, a king's kindness or a worker's Page 5 vengefulness could be explained by principles of behavior that were universal. These universal principles or laws would allow us to know, predict, and thereby control the human world, much as they allowed us to act similarly with respect to falling objects and other elements of the natural or physical world.

In the world of administrative and organizational studies, the case is much the same. 16 Yet Merriam's formulation itself is misleading, if taken as a reflection of practice rather than as an analytic distinction. Credenda and miranda interact. They work together to shape human action in political, policy, and administrative arenas. An interpretive approach to policy analysis, then, is one that focuses on the meanings of policies, on the values, feelings, and/or Page 9 beliefs which they express, and on the processes by which those meanings are communicated to and "read" by various audiences.

An interpretive approach to the human, or social, world shifts the focus from discovering a set of universal laws about objective, sense-based facts to the human capacity for making and communicating meaning. Unlike apples and other elements of the physical and natural world, humans make meanings; interpret the meanings created by others; communicate their meanings to, and share them with, others. We act; we have intentions about our actions; we interpret others' actions. We make sense of the world: we are meaning-making creatures.

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