prescriptive theory

prescriptive theory

a theory that comprises a description of a specific activity, a statement of the goal of the activity, and an analysis of the elements of the activity, which together constitute a prescription for reaching the goal.
References in periodicals archive ?
Cuthbert argues that, after over a century of 'glacial' progress, the architectural thinking that has dominated the field from Camillo Sitte through Gordon Cullen to David Gosling has yet to yield a satisfactory body of either explanatory or prescriptive theory of urban form.
In conjunction with the absence of evidence that presidents have sought to rationalize public administration through other means, the ultimate significance of this study may lie in its relevance for prescriptive theory.
Never embraced by leading scholars in anything approaching absolute terms, the politics/ administration dichotomy became increasingly untenable as a working basis for prescriptive theory with the expansion of delegated authority that occurred during the 1930s and afterward.
The prescriptive theory of executive centralization obviously has important constitutional implications.
Yet the observation that the president's ability to pursue a coherent administrative agenda is constrained by separation of powers and by the character of bureaucracy does not necessarily undermine the prescriptive theory of a unified executive.
It discusses the practical implications of a prescriptive theory for corporate debt policy.
Focusing on the theoretical basis of the capital structure theory, this essay concludes the following practical implications of a prescriptive theory for corporate debt policy:
Part Four, "Theory and Practice in Law," contains Cass Sustein's argument that while the practice of law is a normative enterprise and necessarily "theory-laden," there are "hazards" in applying political philosophy to legal issues; Stephen Carter's hypothetical discussion of how a "Kantian sovereign" might deal with the issue of religious resistance; and Frank Michelman's exploration, within a Rawlsian framework, of the extent to which the validity standards of a prescriptive theory might be immanent in practice.
Five "distinctive elements" are identified: "(1) a concern with prescription and, often prescriptive theory, (2) a focus on the distinctive nature of public management and public organizations and, particularly, the effects of politics; (3) a problem focus more than a process focus; (4) a strong emphasis on contextual and experimental knowledge (as compared to empirically based theoretical knowledge); and (5) a focus on strategy and multiorganizational problems" (p.
According to Baxter, Socrates diagnoses the problem of these theories as their failure to distinguish between a prescriptive theory of naming, which provides a standard by which to measure the propriety of names in existing languages, and a descriptive theory of naming, which draws its conclusions from the names in existing languages.
The IABC research team began its work by setting forth a normative or prescriptive theory that prescribes how to do public relations in an ideal situation.
If so, the only truly novel component of Eckersley's prescriptive theory is ecocentric culture - in which case, the changes she proposes are really at the level of morality, rather than politics, so that her quest for an ecocentric political theory ends where it began, with a statement of the need for an ecocentric perspective.