Theoretical Aspects of Welfare State and Social Trends of Public Policy

Vainius Smalskys

Abstract


The article presents one of social research method - content analysis which is still scarcely known to Lithuanian research community. Discursive nature of public policy and vast amounts of communications expressed in different symbolic (textual, sound and visual) forms in the processes of public policy are the key factors implying the potential fruitful use of quantitative content analysis in the research projects. Therefore, the attempts are made to chart the framework of when and how this method might be most efficient in the public policy analysis. The emphasis is placed on the advantages of this method. When scientist needs to conduct extensive, comprehensive, longitudinal, unobtrusive and/or repeated analysis of the contents of huge amount of social communications or social meanings method of content analysis is rather useful.

Keywords


welfare state; social policy; social studies of Catholic Church; social market economy; public administration

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603