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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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.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
This edition of Public Policy Analysis, like its two predecessors, is intended both as a textbook and as an extended critical essay on the field of public policy analysis. The primary audience for the book is upper-division undergraduate and graduate students completing their first course in multidisciplinary policy analysis. Because the book addresses concerns of several social science disciplines and social professions, it provides case materials and examples in policy arenas including:
This book takes a pragmatic, critical, and multidisciplinary approach. One of my beliefs is that the theory and practice of policy analysis must be distinguished from that of the disciplines in which policy analysis originates. Although policy analysis builds on political science, economics, and other social science disciplines and social professions, it also seeks to transform them into a new multidisciplinary whole. In this context, I define policy analysis as a process of multidisciplinary inquiry that creates, critically assesses, and communicates information that is useful for understanding and improving policies.
This book recognizes that many of the concepts and methods of this multidisciplinary field are likely to be unfamiliar. For this reason special instructional devices and learning strategies are employed throughout the book:
In the past twenty and more years this book has been used and evaluated in regular degree programs in social science departments and in professional schools of public policy and public administration in this country and abroad. The book has also been used and evaluated in training programs and projects in government agencies. The extensive revisions incorporated in this third edition reflect much of what I have learned from these evaluations, from my own teaching and training experiences, and from doing policy analyses and other applied research projects for agencies at the local, state, national, and international levels.
By now there are so many students and faculty colleagues whose reactions have improved this book that a full list is too long to present here. I will say only that students in the MPA Program in Public Management and Policy and the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy Research and Analysis, both in the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, have provided insights, criticisms, and suggestions which have improved this book. In addition, colleagues in Pittsburgh and elsewhere have offered helpful advice on various parts of the book, directly and through discussions of my published journal articles and papers.
I wish to acknowledge those who reviewed this and previous editions when they were being prepared. These include David Nice of Washington State University, David Houston of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Louise Comfort of the University of Pittsburgh. Sheila Kelly, Lien Rung-Kao, Sujatha Raman, and Eric Sevigny assisted in preparing materials for this and previous editions. I am grateful to Kate Freed for editorial and technical assistance and to John Shannon for guiding the book through the production process.
William N. Dunn
Graduate School of Public
and International Affairs
University of Pittsburgh
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