The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis: Reissued with a new introduction by B. Guy Peters

The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis: Reissued with a new introduction by B. Guy Peters

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319586182
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2017
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 508
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author



B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and an adjunct professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He is President of the International Public Policy Association, founding co-editor of the European Political Science Review and was founding co-editor of Governance.





Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) was Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley, USA, and founding dean of its Goldman School of Public Policy. Wildavsky received honorary doctorates from a number of universities, including Yale and the University of Bologna. His book, Politics of the Budgetary Process, was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration as one of the most influential works in the field.

Table of Contents


Introduction; B. Guy Peters.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Part 1. Resources versus Objectives.- Chapter 1. Policy Analysis Is What Information Systems Are Not.- Chapter 2. Strategic Retreat on Objectives.- Chapter 3. Policy as Its Own Cause.- Chapter 4. Coordination without a Coordinator.- Part 2. Social Interaction versus Intellectual Cogitation.- Chapter 5. Between Planning and Politics.- Chapter 6. A Bias Toward Federalism.- Chapter 7. Opportunity Costs and Merit Wants.- Chapter 8. Economy and Environment/Rationality and Ritual.- Part 3. Dogma versus Skepticism.- Chapter 9. The Self-Evaluating Organization.- Chapter 10. Skepticism and Dogma in the White House.- Chapter 11. Citizens as Analysts.- Part 4. Policy Analysis.- Chapter 12. Doing Better and Feeling Worse.- Chapter 13. Learning from Education.- Chapter 14. A Tax by Any Other Name.- Chapter 15. Distribution of Urban Services.- Chapter 16: Analysis as Craft.

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“While identifying the pertinent theme of the interplay between Reason and Power as at the heart of policy analysis, Wildavsky redressed the rationalist claims of analysis-for-policy forever. Nobody could position the enduring relevance of this classic better than Guy Peters.” (Peter Hupe, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

“Aaron Wildavsky’s The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis is an essential reading in public policy and has influenced numerous cohorts of students in the United States and other world regions. The book is as timely as it was upon its first publication and Guy Peters is the most suitable scholar to put the book in context.” (Jale Tosun, Professor of Political Science, Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg, Germany)

“Even after half a century of reading public policy works, if I were to be limited to one professional book, it would be The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis. Aaron Wildavsky, a founder of the field, was determined to teach its members to above all question ‘received' wisdom. Criticism, while essential, is not enough, he counseled. Policy analysis must contribute to addressing problems. The mark of good public policy is whether today’s problems are less divisive and more soluble than those previously faced. At the end of the 1970’s, after two tumultuous decades of revolutionary policies affecting civil rights, social welfare and the environment, Wildavsky was positive about the contribution of policy. Can we come to the same judgement today? This book can teach the reader how to do the analysis.” ( Helen Ingram, Professor Emerita in Planning, Policy, and Design and Political Science, University of California, Irvine, USA)

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