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Much of the literature devoted to impact assessment has focused on it as a technique or set of techniques, or on the environmental impact statement as a legal procedural requirement. While there are notable exceptions, the rich theoretical and empirical possibilities for research concerning significant innovations in the way governments operate has not been exhausted. The intention of this new edited collection is to stimulate research on the influence that impact assessment has had on policy making. Bartlett has organized the contributions around the principle that practical effectiveness in the real world of policy-making is determined by the way internal logic and institutionalization redefine policy rationality in a given system.
Although impact assessment is defined broadly, the contributors do not focus on the commonalities of the techniques employed. Rather, they explore patterns of institutionalization—the ways that policy is determined through impact assessment. The volume opens with an extensive overview of impact assessment as a policy-making instrument. Other sections are devoted to impact assessment in development planning, future policy directions, and critical perspectives. A comprehensive bibliography completes the work. Building upon several earlier works on impact assessment, this collection combines the insights of pioneering scholars with directions for future research. It is essential reading in the fields of administration, sociology, transportation, business, political science, and urban and policy studies.
Impact Assessment as a Policy Strategy by Robert V. Bartlett
Implementing and Managing: Impact Assessment as an Instrument of Policy Making
Understanding Impact Analysis: Technical Process, Administrative Reform, Policy Principle by Lynton K. Caldwell
Making Technology Assessment an Effective Tool to Influence Policy by Vary T. Coates and Joseph F. Coates
Implementing Supranational Policy: Environmental Impact Assessment in the United Kingdom by Peter Wathern
Environmental Assessment, Science, and Policy Failure: The Politics of Nuclear Waste Disposal by Bruce B. Clary and Michael E. Kraft
Environmental Impact Assessment as a Tool for Wildlife Policy Management by William R. Mangun
Impact Assessment in Development Planning
Environmental Impact Assessment in the Philippines: A Case Study of the San Roque Water Resources Development Project by Ramon Abracosa and Leonard Ortolano
Project Problems and Shortfalls: The Need for Social Impact Assessment in AID Projects by Kurt Finsterbusch and Warren A. Van Wicklin
Future Policy Directions in Impact Assessment
Institutionalizing Science Impact Assessment Indicators into Public Policy by William N. Dunn, Andrea M. Hegedus, and Burkart Holzner
Judicial Impact Analysis: Missing from the Gene Pool of Policy Influence by William W. Nicholls, Jr.
Developing Local Cultural Resource Policy Through Environmental Impact Assessments by Robert M. Sanford, Thomas W. Neumann, and James F. Palmer
Impact Assessment and Regulating Technological Change: Why the Philosophy of Technology is a Political Problem by W. D. Kay
Policy through Assessment of Type IIStatistical Risks by Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Bureaucracy or Analysis: Implications of Impact Assessment for Public Administration by Robert V. Bartlett and Walter F. Baber
Environmental Impact Assessment, Entrepreneurship, and Policy Change by Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith