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Handbook of Public Policy Analysis

Theory, Politics, and Methods, 1st Edition

Edited by Frank Fischer, Gerald J. Miller

Routledge

668 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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.

  • Table of Contents

    HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

    The Policy Sciences at the Cross-Roads

    Promoting the Policy Orientation: Lasswell in Context

    Public Policy, Social Science and the State: An Historical Perspective

    POLICY PROCESSES

    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

    POLICY POLITICS, ADVOCACY, AND EXPERTISE

    A Guide to the Advocacy Coalition Framework

    Policy Communities

    Policy Analysis and Think Tanks

    POLICY DECISION MAKING: RATIONALITY, NETWORKS, AND LEARNING.

    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: ARGUMENTATION, RHETORIC, AND NARRATIVES

    Deliberative Policy Analysis as Practical Reason: Integrating Empirical and Normative Arguments

    Rhetoric in Policy-Making: Between Logos, Ethos, and Pathos

    Narrative Policy Analysis

    COMPARATIVE, CULTURAL, AND ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES

    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?

    QUANTITATIVELY-ORIENTED POLICY METHODS

    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 POLICY ANALYSIS: INTERPRETATION, MEANING, AND CONTEXT

    Qualitative-Interpretive Methods in Policy Research

    Qualitative Research and Public Policy

    Interpretation and Intention in Policy Analysis

    Context Sensitive Policy Methods

    POLICY DECISION TECHNIQUES

    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

    COUNTRY PERSPECTIVES

    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

    Participation

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    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    POL000000
    POLITICAL SCIENCE / General