Policy Through Impact Assessment

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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.

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ROBERT V. BARTLETT is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University.

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Table of Contents


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

Critical Perspectives

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



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