Analyzing Public Policy: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques Second Edition

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Solving complex policy issues requires an analyst to balance constituents needs with the political and economic realities of governance. In Guptas foundational text, each conceptwhether its research design, forecasting, or cost-benefit analysisis illustrated with recent cases such as the 2008 banking crisis and a GAO report on poverty, allowing students to master a skill and understand its real world application. Expanded coverage of the issues of measurement that arise in economic analyses helps to emphasize the subjective considerations within the decision-making process. New chapters include coverage of the social goals of public policy and how to reconcile divergent views of analysts and policymakers. Students benefit from tables, figures, key terms, and exercises, and instructors resources include these graphics in electronic format and a solutions manual.

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Dipak Gupta is professor in the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies and the Hansen Professor of Peace Studies at San Diego State University. His latest publications include Clash of Identities (1998) and the forthcoming Path to Collective Madness: A Study in Social Order and Political Pathology.

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The author has integrated public policy, policy analysis, and methods into an interesting, well-written, and dynamic book. --- Jeffrey Greene, University of Montana

This is not just another methods text. Gupta presents a coherent, accessible, yet thorough discussion of the major tools of policy analysis. The quantitative focus is tempered with an acknowledgment of the role of politics and other realities in public policy making. --- Michelle Piskulich, Oakland University

Gupta has written a comprehensive, competent, and readable text for policy analysis students. Quantitative methods are explained in a clear fashion for those interested in application rather than statistical properties. Examples provide the essential connection between techniques and their applications. --- Edward Miller, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

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