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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574445619
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Public Administration and Public Policy Series, #125
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 668
  • Sales rank: 1,282,888
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

The Policy Sciences at the Cross-Roads
Promoting the Policy Orientation: Lasswell in Context
Public Policy, Social Science and the State: An Historical Perspective

Theories of the Policy Cycle
Agenda Setting in Public Policy
Policy Formulation: Design and Tools
Implementing Public Policy
Do Policies Determine Politics? An Analysis of Lowi's Policy Typology

A Guide to the Advocacy Coalition Framework
Policy Communities
Policy Analysis and Think Tanks

Rationality in Policy Decision-Making
Rational Choice in Public Policy: The Theory in Critical Perspective
Taking Stock of Policy Networks: Do They Matter?
Theories of Policy Learning: Agency, Structure, and Change

Deliberative Policy Analysis as Practical Reason: Integrating Empirical and Normative Arguments
Rhetoric in Policy-Making: Between Logos, Ethos, and Pathos
Narrative Policy Analysis

Comparative Public Policy
Applied Cultural Theory: Tool for Policy Analysis
Ethical Issues and Public Policy
Public Policy and Democratic Citizenship: What Kinds of Citizenship Does Policy Promote?

Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
The Use (and Misuse) of Survey Research in Policy Analysis
Social Experiments and Public Policy
Evaluation Research in Policy Analysis

Qualitative-Interpretive Methods in Policy Research
Qualitative Research and Public Policy
Interpretation and Intention in Policy Analysis
Context Sensitive Policy Methods

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Environmental Impact Assessment: Between Bureaucratic Process and Social Learning.
Technology Assessment as Policy Analysis: From Expert Advice to Participatory Approaches
Public Policy Mediation: From Argument to Collaboration

Policy Analysis in Britain
Evolution of Policy Analysis in the Netherlands
Policy Analysis and Evaluation in Sweden:
Discovering the Limits of the Rationalistic Paradigm
Policy Analysis in Germany
Policy Analysis in India
Policy Analysis in Korea: From Economic Efficiency to Public

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