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The degree to which economists have been willing to accept that answer has varied over time, and thus their willingness to accept that applied policy work is essentially muddling through has varied.
Today, looking at the principles and intermediate texts, which (since welfare economics is no longer actively taught in undergraduate or graduate school) are as close to welfare theory as most economists get today, one gets no inkling that applied policy is muddling through.
For both of these writers, applied policy was sophisticated muddling through; they blended philosophical, psychological, and economic arguments to arrive at reasoned pronouncements about economic policy.
Muddling the commission's endorsement, former District Attorney Ira Reiner, the panel's executive director and legal counsel, sided with the dissenting opinion.
Experts agree that muddling - pressing the limes and mint together to release the oils - is the key to a knockout mojito.