Invisible University in Public Policy Analysis: Cognitive and Social Network among Six-Social Scientists

Corbacioglu S.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.41, no.4, pp.23-48, 2008 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.23-48
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No


This study is an exploratory case study examining cognitive and social relations among Chester T Barnard, Harold D. Lasswell, Herbert A. Simon, Charles E. Lindblom, Robert A. Dahl, and Aaron Wildavsky, who contributed to the field of public policy analysis. While comparing, contrasting, and evaluating their works, the research makes use of various interviews conducted with two of six scientists, who are still alive, as well as bibliographic analyses and UCINET 60 Social Network Analysis Software, via which the findings of the bibliographic analyses were evaluated. The findings indicate that along with cognitive factors, social relations such as co-authorship, studentship, colleagueship may also play-an important role in the growth of knowledge. The study concludes that an informal network exists among six social scientists.