Public Policy Analysis

Public Policy Analysis : An Introduction

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For courses in Policy Analysis.This text is a problem-oriented, integrated, multidisciplinary synthesis of concepts and methods of public policy analysis. The multidisciplinary synthesis is achieved by means of an information processing approach that views policy analysis as a process of problem solving through the effective production, transformation, and critique of policy-relevant information. The text draws from political science, public administration, economics, decision analysis, and social and political theory to achieve the only integrated, multidisciplinary text on policy analysis currently available. This text was written to bridge the gap between "academics" and "policy makers" by using theories, concepts, and methods that bridge theory and practice.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 178.8 x 241.8 x 23.9mm | 929.88g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130976393
  • 9780130976390

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter ends with a Chapter Summary that includes Key Concepts, Key Principles and Generalizations, Learning Objectives, Review Questions, Demonstration Exercises, and Essential Literature.)I. INTRODUCTION. 1. What Is Policy Analysis? Case 1: Speed Kills-Or Does It? The 55MPH Speed Limit. 2. What Is Policy Making?Case 2: Nuclear Power in Europe-Understanding Discontinuous Change. 3. Policy Analysis in the Policy-Making Process.Case 3: Factors Affecting the Utilization of Knowledge by Federal Policy Makers.II. METHODOLOGY. 4. Policy Analysis as Science. Case 4: The Sociology of Science and Health Policy-Factors Affecting Fraud and Abuse in Pharmaceuticals Research. 5. The Logic of Integrated Policy Analysis.Case 5: When Honesty Undermines the Poor-The Ethics of American Planners. 6. Policy Argumentation and Public Debate.Case 6: Pros and Cons of U.S. Intervention in Bosnia.III. METHODS. 7. Structuring Policy Problems. Case 7: Drug Offenders, Prison Overcrowding, and the Economy-What's the Problem? 8. Forecasting Policy Futures.Case 8: The Effects of Interdiction on the Demand for Illegal Drugs-Forecasting Policy Failures. 9. Recommending Policy Actions.Case 9: Benefits and Costs of Safety and Health Policies.10. Monitoring Policy Outcomes.Case 10: Assessing the Impact of Speed Limits in North America and Europe.11. Conclusion: Evaluating Policy Performance.Case 11: Dividing the Cake-What Is a Just Society?Appendix 1. Writing Policy Memos and Issue Papers.Appendix 2. Planning Oral Briefings.Appendix 3. SPSS Routines for Statistical Analysis.Appendix 4. DPL Routines for Decision Analysis.Appendix 5. Net Present Value and Compound Interest.
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