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Rebooting Policy Analysis
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Rebooting Policy Analysis
Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope

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January 2022 | 616 pages | CQ Press
Rebooting Policy Analysis: Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope is a savvy introduction to policy analysis that gets students thinking, not just about how decisions should be made, but how they are made. The text highlights practical skills needed to advise decision-makers on matters of public policy in ways that are well-informed and solutions-oriented, while managing limitations like time, resources, and information. In a world that has become increasingly complex and partisan, the strength of policy analysis rests not only in its classical academic methods, but on the development of a practical, analytic mindset.

 
Part I: Introduction: The Classical Models and their Limitations
 
1. Thinking about the Future: Prospective Policy Analysis
 
2. Thinking About the Past: Retrospective Program and Impact Evaluation
 
3. Obstacles to Using Classical Policy Analysis Models in the Real World
 
Part II: Introduction: Thinking Clearly
 
4. Using Metacognition to Check Your Own Biases & the Biases of Others
 
5. Using Logic to Identify Tentative Truths
 
6. Collecting and Evaluating Evidence for Use in Policy Analysis
 
7. The Mindset of an Effective Policy Analyst
 
Part III: Looking at Policy Issues Through Different Lenses
 
8. The Equity Lens
 
9. The Economics Lens
 
10. The Political and Institutional Lenses
 
11. The Legal, Sustainability, and Science and Technology Lenses
 
Part IV: The Building Blocks of Policy Analysis
 
12. Incorporating Systems Thinking in Policy Analysis
 
13. Using Policy Analysis to Visualize the Future
 
14. Designing and (Re)Designing Public Policies
 
15. Having an Impact While Preserving Your Integrity
Key features
  • Spotlights four core competencies that all aspiring policy analysts need to master in order to solve policy problems: how we think (metacognition), using logic to question assumptions, collection of evidence to really understand what’s happening “on the ground”, and a mindset appropriate to the successful execution of policy analysis.
  • Goes beyond microeconomics and quantitative methods to provide a holistic view that looks at policy issues through the lenses of justice and equity, political and institutional processes, the law, sustainability, and scientific and technological change.
  • Each chapter includes learning objectives, a chapter summary and critical thinking questions.
 

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