Assessing Governmental Performance

An Analytical Framework

by Eugene J. Meehan


This study provides an analytical framework, a theory of knowledge that identifies the kinds of structures and processes required for directing human action and the criteria for evaluating them.

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November 1992


Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
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This study provides an analytic framework---a theory of knowledge than identifies the kinds of structures and processes required for directing human action and the criteria for evaluating them. Eugene Meehan applies his theories empirically to the real world and provides normative approaches for his generalizations about governmental and individual policies. This theoretical study builds on his earlier works and is intended for political and social scientists and graduate students.

The book opens with a description of the the author's theory of knowledgement, and then identifies how to fulfill empirical and normative requirements, and how to apply the critical apparatus to governmental actions. It examines the outlook for the future, the role of the university, and past performance. It calls for an agreed epistemological base, grounded in experience for critiquing governmental policy and behavior and improving it.

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Theory of KnowledgeFulfilling the Empirical RequirementsFulfilling the Normative RequirementsApplying the Critical ApparatusOutlook for the FutureHigher Education and Intellectual CompetenceRepriseBibliography



On the normative side, Meehan is not only very explicit, but is reassuringly on the side of the human race. . . . On the epistemological side, the study is equally praiseworthy. . . . This is an intelligent and wide-ranging essay, more reasonable and honest than most of the work in the field, . . . is quite original, and should help to move this important area of the social sciences ahead.—J. David Singer University of Michigan

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