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Defining Policy Analysis: A Journey that Never Ends

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Part of Elements in Public Policy

  • Date Published: January 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108927802

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  • For much of its life, the field of policy analysis has lived with a wide range of definitions of its goals, work and significance in the society. This Element seeks to sort out these differences by describing the issues, players and developments that have played a role over the life of this field. As a result of the relationships that have developed an environment has emerged where both academics and practitioners who self identify as 'policy analysts' are not always recognized as such by others who use that same label. This Element explores the reasons why this conflictual situation has developed and whether the current status is a major departure from the past. While these developments may not be new or found only in policy analysis, they do have an impact on the status of the academics as well as the practitioners in the field.

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    • Date Published: January 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108927802
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.12kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Section One: The Origins of the Policy Analyst Concept and its Early History
    3. The Whiz Kids and their Descendants
    4. Look to California: Aaron Wildavsky and Activity on the West Coast
    5. Section Two: What Helps Explain the Changes in the Definition of Policy Analysis? Five Questions
    6. Question One: The Differences between Analysis and Research
    7. Question Two: The World of Practice vs. the Culture of the Academy
    8. Question Three: Changes in the Environment of Policy Analysis
    9. Question Four: Information, Analytic Techniques and Evidence
    10. Question Five: Values
    11. Conclusion
    12. Section Three: The QUESTIONNAIRE. What does it mean to be a Policy Analyst?

  • Author

    Beryl A. Radin

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