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.
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
Introduction 1. The Policy Analyst/Client Relationship 2. Who is the Client? 3. The Policy Environment 4.The Policy Process and Analytic Perspectives 5. The Policy Analyst's Expectations and Constraints 6. Sources of Information for Analysis 7. Criteria, Tradeoffs, and Unanticipated Problems Conclusion Cases