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Theoretical and practical gaps of policy making process in five organizations

Mohamed Yusof, Nor Ashikin and Asnam, Sri Widias and Anas, Aini Suzila and Mustapha, Nur Suraya and Emran, Natrah and Azman, Nor Azalina (2019) Theoretical and practical gaps of policy making process in five organizations. Journal of STI Policy and Management, 4 (1). pp. 35-42. ISSN 2502-5996


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.14203/STIPM.2019.157


Policy making is an integral part of policy studies. Theoretically, the process of developing a policy document is neither easy nor simple. Far from merely copying the policy provisions of other countries, the process must go through specific steps and procedures commonly known as policy cycle which each serves specific functions. Although bench-making study is highly encouraged, it is also preferable for policy makers to align the policy making exercise in accordance to proven theory, model, method, and process. Not many know about all these processes and steps. Some very senior and seasoned policy makers even think that there is no need for them to learn and pursue knowledge in policy making simply because they have long years of practical experiences in developing, formulating, implementing, enforcing, and subsequently analyzing and evaluating policies. This article reports case studies involving five national policy documents and internal policies at several key governmental department and organizations. The findings from the study enables the researchers to make a comparison between the theory and the practice of policy making in Malaysia. The findings show that there is still a huge gap between theory and practice in policy making and policy studies in Malaysia. There are instances where few policy makers or top management personnel choose not to follow or ignorant about the steps of policy cycles. Although policy studies might have a very bright future in Malaysia, but the journey in educating relevant parties would be a long one beginning with a correct perception and willingness to change attitudes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Policy studies, Policy cycle, Policy making process
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions:Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
ID Code:88246
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:15 Dec 2020 07:18
Last Modified:15 Dec 2020 07:18

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