Representation Of The Real World

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“We create reality rather than we simply observe it” (Stewart, Hedge and Lester 2008:52). By “creating reality”, Stewart Hedge and Lester suggest the idea that individuals construct patterns to understand complex situations, which cannot be understood through simple observation. We build up conception of what is surrounding us, in order to observe, draw conclusion and solve situations. These conceptions are models created to perceive reality. The essay question, using terms such as “all” and “necessarily” implies that every model, by nature, always misrepresent reality. Various authors, such as Thomas Dye and Moshe Rubenstein, believe that models are “a simplified representation of the real world” (Stewart, Hedge and Lester 2008:52). Peter John describes the policy process as “complex and apparently chaotic”, therefor in need for establishing “conceptual order on the policy process in order to comprehend it” (John 1998:22) Therefor “models of the policy process” inherently abstract reality, in order to understand it. Considering that models of the policy process abstract reality by nature, what is their utility? In other words, where do they misrepresent reality and why are they still used? Throughout this essay, I will argue that although models of the policy process present a simplified version of the reality, they are essential in the making of public policy. I will therefor intent to demonstrate that models are essential to evaluate problematic situation and to
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