This article discusses the history of mediating structures theory in the American context. It focuses on the 1977 essay To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy by Berger and Neuhaus and those authors’ claim that their policy analysis constituted an apolitical set of policy prescriptions. This paper examines that claim in light of historical, philosophical, ethical, and policy-analysis perspectives, through the work of Deborah Stone, and through the lens of virtue ethics; namely, in the work of Aristotle and Alistair MacIntyre.
"Can Policy Analysis Remain above the Fray of Politics? Intentions, Beliefs, and Settings in Berger and Neuhaus's Mediating Structures,"
SPNHA Review: Vol. 10
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol10/iss1/7