Central to the evolution of public policy, since all subsequent processes flow from it, is the question of problem identification — or, more broadly, the question of definition. The importance of definition derives not only from the need to address the "right" problem but from the often greater need not to address the "wrong" one, since the subsequent misallocation of resources can alter the nature of the problem itself. More is not always better, whether in reference to federal largesse, nuclear power generating capacity, or the length of the school day. In fact, as the articles in this issue of the New England Journal of Public Policy demonstrate, more is often worse.
New England Journal of Public Policy:
2, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol1/iss2/2