Evaluating Public Policy / Edition 1

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Millions of dollars are spent each year on the evaluation of domestic and foreign policies. Policy analysis has emerged as an important component of the policy-making process in American government. This text differs from others—not only does it teach students how to evaluate the empirical aspects of a public policy—but also provides an analytical framework for assessing the value judgements that infuse policy decisions. Students learn to assess whether a program reflects the kinds of things that society ought to be doing.
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Drawing on the epistemological concerns of practical discourse and informal logic, especially as advanced by Habermas, Toulmin, and Taylor, Fischer (political science, Rutgers U.) proposes a discourse-oriented framework which he believes incorporates both the rigor of empirical science and the classical traditions of normative theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495206873
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Public Policy Analysis as Practical Deliberation: Integrating Empirical and Normative Evaluation. PART ONE: PROGRAM VERIFICATION. 2. Evaluating Program Outcomes: Empirical Logic and Methods. 3. Debating the Head Start Program: The Westinghouse Reading Scores in Normative Perspectives. PART TWO: SITUATIONAL VALIDATION. 4. Evaluating Program Objectives: Multiple Criteria and Situational Relevance. 5. Contesting the Times Square Redevelopment Project: Problem Definition and the Politics of Criteria. PART THREE: SOCIETAL-LEVEL VINDICATION. 6. Evaluating Policy Goals: Normative Assumptions and Societal Consequences. 7. Challenging Disability Policy Goals: Equal Rights Versus Societal Costs. PART FOUR: SOCIAL CHOICE. 8. Evaluating Ideologies: Social Values, Public Policy, and the Good Society. 9. Environmental Polciy and Risk-Benefit Analysis: The Green Critique of Technocratic Idealogy. PART FIVE: CONCLUSION. 10. Policy Deliberation as Political Methodology: Implications for Theory and Practice. EPILOGUE: PLICY DELIBERATION IN POSTPOSITIVIST PERSPECTIVE.
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