There has been a tendency among practitioners in the Political Science and
Public Administration/Management fields to jealously guard their respective
academic domains; and to be often extremely sensitive to a perceived
dividing line that separates public policy analysis from foreign policy analysis,
arguably to the ultimate detriment of legitimate scientific enquiry.
This article seeks to demonstrate that there is a grey area, with particular reference
to foreign (public) policy, that ought to unite, rather than divide, the Political
Scientist and the Public Administration Scientist; and that an analysis of foreign
policy is a legitimate pursuit of the Public Administration Scientist, whether in
regard to the decision making process, the implementation of policy or its perceived
usefulness or overall effectiveness.