Smoketown Case Analysis

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Given the context of Smoketown, the combination of political philosophy and information processing frames of reference would work best. Political philosophy is the strongest frame at providing an overall policy goal through its dialectic approach. However, it is the weakest of the five frames at providing technical details or a plan of action. Information processing counterbalances the major weakness of political philosophy by being the strongest technical frame since it provides prescriptions for the policy process (Bobrow and Dryzek 1987, 95). The major weakness of information processing, decision-making, is offset by the strength of political philosophy. These two frames, when combined, create the most comprehensive approach to the plethora …show more content…
Additionally, everyone in Smoke Valley is afflicted by the pollution regardless of social status, race, ethnicity, or gender. Political philosophy, through the Kantian tradition, is the only frame with the appropriate characteristics to address all facets of the problem and reach a common agreement on policy goals. Since a Kantian addresses “the intrinsic moral standing of actions and arrangements,” pollution cannot be justified through economic rationale or by government regulations (Bobrow and Dryzek 1987, 106). This closes the loopholes that industry leaders, government officials, special interest group leaders, and private citizens to use as excuses for polluting Smoke Valley throughout the overlapping and abundant jurisdictions. Through an arduous process involving open dialogue, constant criticism, and arguments between local academics from nearby universities, a cohesive goal will eventually be created by the political philosophers (Bobrow and Dryzek 1987, 101). Sadly, political philosophy lacks applicability on its own and needs a frame focused on the process able to turn ideas into …show more content…
Since the context of the scenario called for a more direct and practical approach, the optimistic application was chosen over the pessimistic one. However, if the different levels of government in the area were creating effective regulation, then the pessimistic approach could be used to critique their policy prescriptions. The pessimistic approach is not suited for being the driving force of policy changes, but rather as a regulator and a second opinion. Existing agendas and practices, which the pessimistic approach gravitates towards, are not working in Smoketown and will not be beneficial to change and progress. Therefore, the chosen optimistic approach, which is able to provide prescriptions and plans for policy analysis is the most suitable application for

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