For courses in Policy Analysis. This text is a problem-oriented, integrated, multidisciplinary synthesis of concepts and methods of public policy analysis. The multidisciplinary synthesis is achieved by means of an information processing approach that views policy analysis as a process of problem solving through the effective production, transformation, and critique of policy-relevant information. The text draws from political science, public administration, economics, decision analysis, and social and political theory to achieve the only integrated, multidisciplinary text on policy analysis currently available. This text was written to bridge the gap between "academics" and "policy makers" by using theories, concepts, and methods that bridge theory and practice.
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Taking a systematic approach, this text stresses the adequate formulation of policy problems as a crucial step in solving them. It emphasizes the need to understand the political contexts in which policy analysis is practiced, and the application of policy analysis to problems facing governments in increasingly complex societies. The Second Edition provides up-to-date information of problem structuring methods and a simplified format for presenting policy analysis.From the Back Cover:
Taking a systematic approach, this text stresses the adequate formulation of policy problems as a crucial step in solving them.
It covers the historical evolution of policy analysis, the definition and formulation of complex policy problems, and the analysis of policy arguments. For professionals working in the fields of public policy evaluation and public administration.
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