Policy analysis as problem solving : a flexible and evidence-based framework
- Rachel Meltzer and Alex Schwartz.
- New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- ix, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- What is policy analysis? : mainstream and alternative perspectives
- Defining the problem and setting the stage
- Devising alternative policy options
- Objectives and criteria
- Technical aspects of policy analysis : discounting, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis
- Analysis and making recommendations
- Research and policy analysis
- Policy analysis in practice
Drawing extensively from real-life cases, Policy Analysis as Problem Solving helps students develop the analytic skills necessary to advise government officials and nonprofit executives on a wide range of policy issues. Unlike other texts, Policy Analysis as Problem Solving employs a pragmatic, heterodox approach to the field. Whereas most texts on policy analysis are anchored in microeconomics, emphasizing economic efficiency, this book takes a broader view, using realistic examples to illustrate the full scope of policy analysis. The book provides succinct but thorough discussions of the key elements of the policy-analytic process, including problem definition, objectives and criteria, development of alternative policy options, and analysis of these alternatives. The text's practical approach and extensive downloadable resources-which include interviews, case studies, and further readings-will be of enormous benefit to both students and instructors of policy analysis.
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- 9781138630161 (hardcover)
- 9781138630178 (paperback)
- 9781315209678 (eBook)
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