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What Sort of Ideas Become Public Ideas?

by Mark H. Moore
The Power of Public Ideas ()

Abstract

Where ideas work - in organizations, in public debates, in private individuals\nHow ideas work - they establish the context for debate and execution of public policy (assumptions, justifications, purposes, values, meaning) - they make sure everyone understands the reason for action\nThe sorts of ideas that matter:\nintellectual vs. contextual properties (much more important - how the idea fits with existing discussions, how it accommodates/challenges current politics)\nillustrative anecdotes, pictures, connections to common sense anchor ideas in people's minds\nsuccess of an idea depends upon how the idea frames blame and responsibility, heroes and villains\n\nTo create useful policy ideas - consider what is already there, modify if what is present is limited, but consider how new policy challenges existing orthodoxy and whether it can be effectively implemented.\n\nA political conflict is the sign of an important neglected value.\nIdeas are society's effort, groping in the dark, to help itself deal with intractable problems.

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