1st Edition

Policy Analysis in the Twenty-First Century Complexity, Conflict, and Cases

By Beryl Radin Copyright 2019
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    The field called policy analysis focused originally on the formulation of new policies and was structured to give advice to those in the top reaches of government agencies. Within several decades the field moved beyond the formulation stage of the policy process (creating new policies) to agenda setting, implementation, and evaluation of existing policies. New skill sets emerged and staff were found in many parts of the policy world. Despite these changes, there has been little attention paid to the possible shifts in the relationship between analysts and clients, and students of policy analysis often enter the world of work with little exposure to the situations they might face. Policy Analysis in the Twenty-First Century is designed to familiarize students with the diversity of experiences that they can expect to face in their practitioner role. 

    Author Beryl Radin bases the discussion on case studies that illustrate realities in the current policy analysis environment. Set in very different environments (including both US and international settings), the players in the cases illustrate three different stages of a career (beginning the career, mid-career, and people at the end of their career). The cases are based on realistic situations and demonstrate the volatility and complexity of the decision environments. At the same time, they provide attention to the analysts’ personal values and career goals. This book will be required reading for faculty and masters level students in both public management and policy analysis classes. It may also be used in executive programs.


    Chapter 1 - The Development of the Policy Analysis Field

    Chapter 2 – Clients: A Moving Target

    Chapter 3 – The Analyst: Expectations and Constraints

    Chapter 4 – The Policy Environment: Increasing Acknowledgement of Complexity

    Chapter 5 – The Policy Issue Itself

    Chapter 6 – Information and Evidence

    Chapter 7 – Criteria and Values

    Chapter 8 – A Check List

    List of Cases

    List of References




    Beryl A. Radin is a member of the faculty of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, USA. An elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, she was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and also served as the editor of a book series on Public Management and Change at Georgetown University Press. Her government service included two years as a Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Radin has written a number of books and articles on public policy and public management issues. She received the 2014 International Research Society for Public Management Routledge Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Public Management Research, the John Gaus Award from the American Political Science Association in 2012, the H. George Frederickson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Public Management Research Association in 2009, and the 2002 Donald Stone Award given by the American Society for Public Administration’s section on intergovernmental management to recognize a scholar’s distinguished record. Radin has been a past president of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management.

    Radin draws on her extensive scholarship and experience to produce a book that will be very valuable for those entering, or considering entering, the increasingly diverse field of policy analysis. By conveying the many contexts in which policy analysts practice, the book’s cases will help aspiring analysts better match their personal values to the varieties of roles available in the policy making process. 

    David L. Weimer, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

    Radin’s engaging approach presents policy analysis as highly diverse, in terms of what advisors/analysts do from positions in and outside government, and in terms of the clients they serve. With insightful cases, the book does great justice to major challenges to policy analysis in the everyday practice of policy advice across the globe.

    Marleen Brans, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium and Vice-President of the International Public Policy Association

    The field of Public Policy Analysis has increasingly drawn upon abstract models of technical analysis oblivious to practical relevance to public problem-solving and to the challenges involved in wading through the increasingly complex policy world. Beryl Radin, with the distillation of the rich experience of her career as a "pracademic," combined with a set of masterfully crafted cases, presents an insightful and highly readable account of how Public Policy Analysis can best be studied and practiced in response to challenges of the 21st century world.

    Wai-Fung Lam, University of Hong Kong, China  

    As a public policy consultant for multinational organizations, I have been involved in programs that provide policy recommendations to governments at all levels of China. If I had seen a book like Prof. Beryl Radin's during my academic career, I would have been more prepared to deal with the issues that occurred at work.

    Lina Li, Central University of Finance and Economics, China