Often described as a public policy “bible,” Weimer and Vining remains the essential primer it ever was. Now in its sixth edition, Policy Analysis provides a strong conceptual foundation of the rationales for and the limitations to public policy. It offers practical advice about how to do policy analysis, but goes a bit deeper to demonstrate the application of advanced analytical techniques through the use of case studies. Updates to this edition include:
Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practices remains a comprehensive, serious, and rich introduction to policy analysis for students in public policy, public administration, and business programs.
Part 1: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Chapter 1: Preview
Chapter 2: What is Policy Analysis?
Chapter 3: Toward Professional Ethics
Part 2: Conceptual Foundations for Problem Analysis
Chapter 4: Efficiency and the Idealized Competitive Model
Chapter 5: Rationales for Public Policy: Market Failures
Chapter 6: Rationales for Public Policy: Other Limitations of the Competitive Framework
Chapter 7: Rationales for Public Policy: Distributional and Other Goals
Chapter 8: Limits to Public Intervention: Government Failures
Chapter 9: Policy Problems as Market and Government Failure: The Madison Taxicab Policy Analysis Example
Part 3: Conceptual Foundations for Solution Analysis
Chapter 10: Correcting Market and Government Failures: Generic Policies
Chapter 11: Adoption
Chapter 12: Implementation
Chapter 13: Government Supply: Drawing Organizational Boundaries
Part 4: Doing Policy Analysis
Chapter 14: Gathering Information for Policy Analysis
Chapter 15: Landing on Your Feet: Organizing Your Policy Analysis
Chapter 16: Case Study: The Canadian Pacific Salmon Fisher
Chapter 17: Cost-Benefit Analysis: Assessing Efficiency
Chapter 18: Public Agency Strategic Analysis: Identifying Opportunities for Increasing Social Value
Part 5: Conclusion
Chapter 19: Doing Well and Doing Good
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