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Policy Analyst's Handbook: Rational Problem Solving in a Political World / Edition 1

Policy Analyst's Handbook: Rational Problem Solving in a Political World / Edition 1

by Lewis G. Irwin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900765612938
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/31/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesx
Note for Instructorsxvii
1.The Scientific Method, Social Science, and Policy Analysis3
1.1Nested Challenges3
1.2The Scientific Method6
1.3Social Science and the Challenge of Uncertainty13
1.4Empirical Analysis and Normative Concerns16
1.5The Goals of Policy Analysis19
1.6The Limits of Rationality21
1.7Other Challenges for the Policy Analyst23
1.8The General Analytical Framework24
1.9Notes and Supplementary Readings27
2.Defining the Problem35
2.1The Problem Definition35
2.2Is There Really a Problem?37
2.3An Iterative Process38
2.4Thinking Ahead to the Analytic Technique39
2.5Critical Elements of the Precise Problem Definition40
2.6The Policy-making Process and the Problem Definition42
2.7Notes and Supplementary Readings45
3.Generating Potential Courses of Action51
3.1Where Do We Find Solutions?51
3.2The Status Quo53
3.3Selecting the Short List54
3.4Defining the Alternatives Up Front57
3.5Transitioning to the Analysis of the Alternatives58
3.6Notes and Supplementary Readings59
4.Cost-Benefit Analysis62
4.1The Sole Criterion62
4.2Identifying the Advantages and Disadvantages65
4.3Data Collection and Assumptions66
4.4Predicting Costs and Benefits68
4.5Net Benefits as Probabilities70
4.6Sensitivity and Assumption Analysis71
4.7Notes and Supplementary Readings73
5.Multi-Attribute Analysis77
5.1Multiple Criteria and Normative Concerns77
5.2Identifying the Advantages and Disadvantages78
5.3Criteria Selection and Weighting79
5.4Data Collection and Assumptions81
5.5Assessing Criteria Values82
5.6Tallying the Results83
5.7Sensitivity and Assumption Analysis85
5.8Notes and Supplementary Readings85
6.Articulating the Recommendation88
6.1The Elements of an Effective Recommendation88
6.2Articulating Your Recommendation90
6.3Decision Maker Considerations91
6.4Your Ego and Your Position92
6.5Notes and Supplementary Readings93
7.Implementation and Beyond96
7.4Notes and Supplementary Readings99
About the Author111

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