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Does Policy Analysis Matter

Author : Lee S. Friedman
ISBN : 9780520287402
Genre : Political Science
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"This book is about the effort to improve governmental policy-making through the development, beginning in the 1950s, of a new profession of advisors and public managers trained in public policy analysis and strategic public management. The use of such professionals has become commonplace at all levels of government within the United States and in many other countries around the world. A central question that we examine is this: what have we learned about the effects of this new profession on public policies and on policy making? Does policy analysis matter? Closely related to this central question is another one: does what we have learned offer lessons for whether and how policy analysis can be improved? Each of the essays in this book is designed to make us think better and harder about how to improve the practice and use of policy analysis. We consider what we have learned so far about whether and how policy analysis matters, how this learning helps to generate ideas for improving practice, and why learning more about this is an important agenda for future research"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Political Science

Handbook Of Public Policy Analysis

Author : Frank Fischer
ISBN : 9781420017007
Genre : Political Science
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The study of public policy and the methods of policy analysis are among the most rapidly developing areas in the social sciences. Policy analysis has emerged to provide a better understanding of the policymaking process and to supply decision makers with reliable policy-relevant knowledge about pressing economic and social problems. Presenting a broad, comprehensive perspective, the Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods covers the historical development of policy analysis, its role in the policy process, and empirical methods. The handbook considers the theory generated by these methods and the normative and ethical issues surrounding their practice. Written by leading experts in the field, this book- Deals with the basic origins and evolution of public policy Examines the stages of the policy-making process Identifies political advocacy and expertise in the policy process Focuses on rationality in policy decision-making and the role of policy networks and learning Details argumentation, rhetoric, and narratives Explores the comparative, cultural, and ethical aspects of public policy Explains primary quantitative-oriented analytical methods employed in policy research Addresses the qualitative sides of policy analysis Discusses tools used to refine policy choices Traces the development of policy analysis in selected national contexts The Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods describes the theoretical debates that have recently defined the field, including the work of postpositivist, interpretivist, and social constructionist scholars. This book also explores the interplay between empirical and normative analysis, a crucial issue running through contemporary debates.
Category: Political Science

Foreign Policy Analysis

Author : Jean-Frédéric Morin
ISBN : 9783319610030
Genre : Political Science
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This book presents the evolution of the field of foreign policy analysis and explains the theories that have structured research in this area over the last 50 years. It provides the essentials of emerging theoretical trends, data and methodological pitfalls and major case-studies and is designed to be a key entry point for graduate students, upper-level undergraduates and scholars into the discipline. The volume features an eclectic panorama of different conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to foreign political analysis, focusing on different models of analysis such as two-level game analysis, bureaucratic politics, strategic culture, cybernetics, poliheuristic analysis, cognitive mapping, gender studies, groupthink and the systemic sources of foreign policy. The authors also clarify conceptual notions such as doctrines, ideologies and national interest, through the lenses of foreign policy analysis.
Category: Political Science

Evidence Based Policy Making In The Social Sciences

Author : Stoker, Gerry
ISBN : 9781447329374
Genre : Political Science
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This valuable book offers a distinct and critical showcase of emerging forms of discovery for policy-making drawing on the insights of some of the world’s leading authorities in public policy analysis.
Category: Political Science

Policy Analysis In Mexico

Author : Mendez, Jose Luis
ISBN : 9781447329152
Genre : Political Science
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Provides the 1st detailed examination of the practice of policy analysis in Mexico. Contributors study the nature of policy analysis at different sectors and levels of government as well as by non-governmental actors, such as unions, business, NGOs and the media to promote the use of evidence-based policy analysis, leading to better policy results.
Category: Political Science

Public Policy

Author : Jonathan Boston
ISBN : 9781921666735
Genre : Climate changes
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Ethics is a vigorously contested field. There are many competing moral frameworks, and different views about how normative considerations should inform the art and craft of governmental policy making. What is not in dispute, however, is that ethics matters. The ethical framework adopted by policy analysts and decision makers not only shapes how policy problems are defined, framed and analysed, but also influences which ethical principles and values are taken into account and their weighting. As a result, ethics can have a profound impact, both on the character of the policy process and the choices made by decision makers. PUBLIC POLICY: WHY ETHICS MATTERS brings together original contributions from leading scholars and practitioners with expertise in various academic disciplines, including economics, philosophy, physics, political science, public policy and theology. The volume addresses three main issues: fist, the ethical considerations that should inform the conduct of public officials and the task of policy analysis; second, the ethics of climate change; and third, ethics and economic policy. While the contributors have varying views on these important issues, they share a common conviction that the ethical dimensions of public policy need to be better understood and given proper attention in the policy-making process.
Category: Climate changes

Public Policy Writing That Matters

Author : David Chrisinger
ISBN : 9781421422268
Genre : Business & Economics
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"In a variety of disciplines, students and professionals need to be able to write public policy in a manner that inspires action and change. David Chrisinger, who teaches introduction to policy writing and research design to graduate students at the Bloomberg School, and around the country, offers a step-by-step guide to actually plan, organize, develop, write, and revise public policy. Public Policy Writing That Matters will help students and professionals overcome the default writing style to merely "explain" and teach them to write an effective piece of policy that includes complex data, clear messages, and, most importantly, has a significant impact. A nice blend of real examples from public health, education, social sciences, and environmental studies, including both good and bad writing, make the author's hands-on approach inviting and enjoyable for students and professionals. This practical, concise guide will not only aid students throughout graduate school but will also remain a reference they consult as they move through their professional careers in government, education, public health, public affairs, management, and social work. Since beginning this project, Chrisinger has also become a go-to consultant for congressional staffers and instructor of policy writing around the country. His successful approach to teaching is captured in this book"--
Category: Business & Economics

Health Policy Analysis

Author : Professor Emeritus Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Health University of North Carolina Chapel Hill North Carolina Curtis P McLaughlin
ISBN : 9781284037784
Genre : Electronic books
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This second edition analyzes current U.S. health policy and proposes various alternatives for developing future health policy without pushing a single solution set. It considers the viewpoints of economics, political science, management, communications, technology, and public health. This book offers: an expansive new look at the Affordable Care Act woven throughout chapters 1-5; a new chapter on evidence-based medicine; greater emphasis and focus on the learning health system as well as cost and outcomes, in light of the shrinking crisis of the uninsured; and all new cases in each chapter. --
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The Microeconomics Of Public Policy Analysis

Author : Lee S. Friedman
ISBN : 9781400885701
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book shows, from start to finish, how microeconomics can and should be used in the analysis of public policy problems. It is an exciting new way to learn microeconomics, motivated by its application to important, real-world issues. Lee Friedman's modern replacement for his influential 1984 work not only brings the issues addressed into the present but develops all intermediate microeconomic theory to make this book accessible to a much wider audience. Friedman offers the microeconomic tools necessary to understand policy analysis of a wide range of matters of public concern--including the recent California electricity crisis, welfare reform, public school finance, global warming, health insurance, day care, tax policies, college loans, and mass transit pricing. These issues are scrutinized through microeconomic models that identify policy strengths, weaknesses, and ideas for improvements. Each chapter begins with explanations of several fundamental microeconomic principles and then develops models that use and probe them in analyzing specific public policies. The book has two primary and complementary goals. One is to develop skills of economic policy analysis: to design, predict the effects of, and evaluate public policies. The other is to develop a deep understanding of microeconomics as an analytic tool for application--its strengths and extensions into such advanced techniques as general equilibrium models and pricing methods for natural monopolies and its weaknesses, such as behavioral inconsistencies with utility-maximization models and its limits in comparing institutional alternatives. The result is an invaluable professional and academic reference, one whose clear explanation of principles and analytic techniques, and wealth of constructive applications, will ensure it a prominent place not only on the bookshelves but also on the desks of students and professionals alike.
Category: Business & Economics

Narrative Policy Analysis

Author : Emery Roe
ISBN : 0822315130
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Narrative Policy Analysis presents a powerful and original application of contemporary literary theory and policy analysis to many of today’s most urgent public policy issues. Emery Roe demonstrates across a wide array of case studies that structuralist and poststructuralist theories of narrative are exceptionally useful in evaluating difficult policy problems, understanding their implications, and in making effective policy recommendations. Assuming no prior knowledge of literary theory, Roe introduces the theoretical concepts and terminology from literary analysis through an examination of the budget crises of national governments. With a focus on several particularly intractable issues in the areas of the environment, science, and technology, he then develops the methodology of narrative policy analysis by showing how conflicting policy "stories" often tell a more policy-relevant meta-narrative. He shows the advantage of this approach to reading and analyzing stories by examining the ways in which the views of participants unfold and are told in representative case studies involving the California Medfly crisis, toxic irrigation in the San Joaquin Valley, global warming, animal rights, the controversy over the burial remains of Native Americans, and Third World development strategies. Presenting a bold innovation in the interdisciplinary methodology of the policy sciences, Narrative Policy Analysis brings the social sciences and humanities together to better address real-world problems of public policy—particularly those issues characterized by extreme uncertainty, complexity, and polarization—which, if not more effectively managed now, will plague us well into the next century.
Category: Literary Criticism