Luca Lanzalaco

Speaking Truth to Power, with Imagination. Abduction, Learning, and Public Policies

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Abduction is a form of logical inference which, even if less known than deduction and induction, is relevant as process as them. The aim of the article is to show the importance of abductive processes for the analysis of public policies. Particular attention will be devoted to policy change, learning and transfer. The paper brings to the conclusion that much more fantasy and creativity are needed in policy-making even if they may contrast with organizational logics of action.


  • Abduction
  • Policy change
  • Policy learning


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