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xx, 200 pages ; 24 cm
  • Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part I THE EIGHTFOLD PATH Step One: Define the Problem Step Two: Assemble Some Evidence Step Three: Construct the Alternatives Step Four: Select the Criteria Step Five: Project the Outcomes Step Six: Confront the Trade-Offs Step Seven: Stop, Focus, Narrow, Deepen, Decide! Step Eight: Tell Your Story PART II ASSEMBLING EVIDENCE Getting Started Locating Relevant Sources Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance Conducting a Policy Research Interview Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate Protecting Credibility Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research PART III HANDLING A DESIGN PROBLEM It's a Production System Crosswalks to the Eightfold Path Define the Problem-Focus on a Primary Outcome Construct the Alternatives-Configure the System's Organizational Structure and Its Operating Processes Select the Criteria-Define the Objectives to Be Achieved Project the Outcomes-Test Whether It Will Work Confront the Trade-Offs-Examine the System from Multiple Perspectives Design a Transition Strategy PART IV "SMART (BEST) PRACTICES" RESEARCH: UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF WHAT LOOK LIKE GOOD IDEAS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE Develop Realistic Expectations Analyze Smart Practices Observe the Practice Describe Generic Vulnerabilities But Will It Work Here? Back to the Eightfold Path APPENDIX A SPECIMEN OF A REAL-WORLD POLICY ANALYSIS Preface Summary Reducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Typical Dealers Reducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Higher-Level Dealers Reducing Cocaine-Related Crime Conclusion Appendix B THINGS GOVERNMENTS DO Taxes Regulation Subsidies and Grants Service Provision Agency Budgets Information The Structure of Private Rights The Framework of Economic Activity Education and Consultation Financing and Contracting Bureaucratic and Political Reforms APPENDIX C UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS Mission Environment Performance Measurement Technology Production/Delivery Processes Frontline Workers and Co-Producers Partners and Other Outsiders Centralization/Decentralization Culture and Communications Politics Leadership Change APPENDIX D STRATEGIC ADVICE ON THE DYNAMICS OF GATHERING POLITICAL SUPPORT Sequencing Timing APPENDIX E TIPS FOR WORKING WITH CLIENTS References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781483359465 20160906
This bestselling handbook presents dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies that are easily applicable for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781483359465 20160906
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 365 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Life, the universe, and everything : what is economics?
  • From pin to PIN : capitalism 1776 and 2014
  • How have we got here? : a brief history of capitalism
  • Let a hundred flowers bloom : now to 'do' economics
  • Dramatis personae : who are the economic actors?
  • How many do you want it to be? : output, income, and happiness
  • How does your garden grow? : the world of production
  • Trouble at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank : finance
  • Boris's goat should drop dead : inequality and poverty
  • I've known a few people who've worked : work and unemployment
  • Leviathan or the philosopher king? : the role of the state
  • 'All things of prolific abundance' : the international dimension
  • What now? : how can we use economics to make our economy better?
"Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses, and why there is no one way to explain economic behavior. Instead, by ignoring the received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial world, Chang gives us the tools we need to understand our increasingly global and interconnected world often driven by economics. From the future of the Euro, inequality in China, or the condition of the American manufacturing industry here in the United States--Economics: The User's Guide is a concise and expertly crafted guide to economic fundamentals that offers a clear and accurate picture of the global economy and how and why it affects our daily lives" -- from publisher's web site.
Law Library (Crown)