Policy Analysis Concepts and Practice

ISBN-10: 0131830015

ISBN-13: 9780131830011

Edition: 4th 2005

Authors: David Leo Weimer, Aidan R. Vining

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This book both introduces and explores the hows and whys of the practices of public policy. It provides reality-based practical advice about how to actually conduct policy analysis and demonstrate the application of advanced analytic techniques. A five-part organization emphasizes that policy analysis is client-oriented and raises ethical issues; provides rationales for public policy describing the limitations to effective public policy and generic policy solutions; gives practical advice about implementing policy analysis; presents several examples illustrating how analysts have approached policy problems and the differences that their efforts have made; and summarizes the role and work of the analyst and challenges the analyst to both “do-well and do-good.” For individuals interested in policy analysis and the analytical process.
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List price: $114.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 6/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Preview: The Canadian Salmon Fishery
Increasing the Social Value of the Canadian Salmon Fishery
Postscript and Prologue
For Discussion
What Is Policy Analysis?
Policy Analysis and Related Professions
Policy Analysis as a Profession
A Closer Look at Analytical Functions
Basic Preparation for Policy Analysis
For Discussion
Toward Professional Ethics
Analytical Roles
Value Conflicts
Ethical Code or Ethos?
For Discussion
Conceptual Foundations for Problem Analysis
Efficiency and the Idealized Competitive Model
The Efficiency Benchmark: The Competitive Economy
Market Efficiency: The Meaning of Social Surplus
Caveats: Models and Reality
For Discussion
Rationales for Public Policy: Market Failures
Public Goods
Natural Monopoly
Information Asymmetry
For Discussion
Rationales for Public Policy: Other Limitations of the Competitive Framework
Thin Markets: Few Sellers or Few Buyers
The Source and Acceptability of Preferences
The Problem of Uncertainty
Intertemporal Allocation: Are Markets Myopic?
Adjustment Costs
Macroeconomic Dynamics
For Discussion
Rationales for Public Policy: Distributional and Other Goals
Social Welfare Beyond Pareto Efficiency
Substantive Values Other Than Efficiency
Some Cautions in Interpreting Distributional Consequences
Instrumental Values
For Discussion
Limits to Public Intervention: Government Failures
Problems Inherent in Direct Democracy
Problems Inherent in Representative Government
Problems Inherent in Bureaucratic Supply
Problems Inherent in Decentralization
For Discussion
Policy Problems as Market and Government Failure: The Madison Taxicab Policy Analysis Example
Regulation of the Madison Taxi Market
The Relationship between Market and Government Failures
For Discussion
Conceptual Foundations for Solution Analysis
Correcting Market and Government Failure: Generic Policies
Freeing, Facilitating, and Simulating Markets
Using Subsidies and Taxes to Alter Incentives
Establishing Rules
Supplying Goods through Nonmarket Mechanisms
Providing Insurance and Cushions
For Discussion
Adoption and Implementation
The Adoption Phase
The Implementation Phase
Thinking More Strategically about Policy Design
For Discussion
Government Supply: Drawing Organizational Boundaries
Production Costs, Bargaining Costs, and Opportunism Costs
Predicting Bargaining and Opportunism Costs
Can Opportunism Be Controlled by the Use of Not-for-Profits?
Assessing and Building Capacity
For Discussion
Doing Policy Analysis
Gathering Information for Policy Analysis
Document Research
Field Research
Putting Document Review and Field Research Together
For Discussion
Landing on Your Feet: How to Confront Policy Problems
Analyzing Yourself: Meta-Analysis
The Client Orientation
Steps in Rationalist Policy Analysis
Problem Analysis
Solution Analysis
Communicating Analysis
Meta-Analysis Once Again: Combining Linear and Nonlinear Approaches
For Discussion
Goals/Alternatives Matrices: Some Examples from CBO Studies
Setting Out Broad Options: Auctioning Radio Spectrum Licenses
Quantitative Predictions: Restructuring the Army
Comparing Proposed Alternatives: Launching Digital Television
Combining Policy Alternatives: Improving Water Allocation
For Discussion
Cost-Benefit Analysis
A Preview: Increasing Alcohol Taxes
Identifying Relevant Impacts
Monetizing Impacts
Discounting for Time and Risk
Choosing among Policies
An Illustration: Taxing Alcohol to Save Lives
For Discussion
Case Studies of Policy Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis in a Bureaucratic Setting: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Background: Energy Security and the SPR
Analytical Approaches to the Size Issue
The Role of Analysis in the SPR Size Controversy
For Discussion
When Statistics Count: Revising the Lead Standard for Gasoline
Background: The EPA Lead Standards
Origins of the 1985 Standards
Pulling the Pieces Together
A Closer Look at the Link between Gasoline Lead and Blood Lead
Finalizing the Rule
For Discussion
Doing Well and Doing Good
Name Index
Subject Index
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