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Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice

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This introduction explores both the hows and whys of the practices of public policy. It provides reality-based practical advice about how to actually conduct policy analysis and demonstrates the application of advanced analytic techniques.
Paperback, 501 pages
Published June 10th 2004 by Prentice Hall (first published September 1st 1988)
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Steven Peterson
May 20, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
For what it is, this is a terrific book. However, this isn't a "quick read," done for pleasure. This is one of the best works on policy analysis around. And it does not "dumb down" for the reader.

The book begins with a simple example of policy analysis (including the use of the authors' template to select which policy or policies might be best). The remainder of the first part of the book focuses on the nature of policy analysis and professional ethics.

The second part is a critical portion of th
Sep 19, 2007 Bengjaw rated it liked it
Recommends it for: activists
quite useful to understand the delivery of public policies
Steven Peterson
Jan 10, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the very best textbooks in the study of policy analysis.

The first part of the book sets the context. It provides a neat case study of the Canadian salmon fishery to give an example of basic policy analysis. Following this are chapters on the nature of policy analysis and the professional ethics related to the endeavor.

One of the most important elements of this book is the next section--the economics of policy analysis. The text discusses the logic of economics, why government in
Feb 11, 2012 Brett rated it liked it
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A classical approach to policy analysis that relies heavily on economic analysis. A very dry text, but one that does set out many of the most common rationales used in policy analysis. If you do not have an economics background--and I don't--you will probably find yourself re-reading some paragraphs many times over in order to grasp the gist of an argument. I appreciate that the author is producing an advanced treatment, but I sure could have used a few more examples or use of "layman's terms" t ...more
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Explores market failure, government failure, and their possible solutions. (ECON 4163 - good times.)
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