The study of public policy and the methods of policy analysis are among the most rapidly developing areas in the social sciences. Policy analysis has emerged to provide a better understanding of the policymaking process and to supply decision makers with reliable policy-relevant knowledge about pressing economic and social problems.

Presenting a broad, comprehensive perspective, the Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods covers the historical development of policy analysis, its role in the policy process, and empirical methods. The handbook considers the theory generated by these methods and the normative and ethical issues surrounding their practice.

Written by leading experts in the field, this book-

  • Deals with the basic origins and evolution of public policy
  • Examines the stages of the policy-making process
  • Identifies political advocacy and expertise in the policy process
  • Focuses on rationality in policy decision-making and the role of policy networks and learning
  • Details argumentation, rhetoric, and narratives
  • Explores the comparative, cultural, and ethical aspects of public policy
  • Explains primary quantitative-oriented analytical methods employed in policy research
  • Addresses the qualitative sides of policy analysis
  • Discusses tools used to refine policy choices
  • Traces the development of policy analysis in selected national contexts

    The Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods describes the theoretical debates that have recently defined the field, including the work of postpositivist, interpretivist, and social constructionist scholars. This book also explores the interplay between empirical and normative analysis, a crucial issue running through contemporary debates.
  • part |2 pages

    Part I Historical Perspectives

    chapter 1|12 pages

    The Policy Sciences at the Crossroads

    ByPeter deLeon and Danielle M. Vogenbeck

    chapter 2|14 pages

    Promoting the Policy Orientation: Lasswell in Context

    ByDouglas Torgerson

    part |2 pages

    Part II Policy Processes

    chapter 4|20 pages

    Theories of the Policy Cycle

    ByWerner Jann, Kai Wegrich

    chapter 5|16 pages

    Agenda Setting in Public Policy

    ByThomas A. Birkland

    chapter 6|10 pages

    Policy Formulation: Design and Tools

    ByMara S. Sidney

    chapter 7|20 pages

    Implementing Public Policy

    ByHelga Pülzl, Oliver Treib

    chapter 8|12 pages

    Do Policies Determine Politics?

    ByHubert Heinelt

    part |2 pages

    Part III Policy Politics, Advocacy, and Expertise

    chapter 9|14 pages

    A Guide to the Advocacy Coalition Framework

    ByChristopher M. Weible, Paul A. Sabatier

    chapter 10|12 pages

    Policy Communities

    ByHugh T. Miller, Tansu Demir

    chapter 11|10 pages

    Public Policy Analysis and Think Tanks

    ByDiane Stone

    part |2 pages

    Part IV Policy Decision Making: Rationality, Networks, and Learning

    chapter 12|12 pages

    Rationality in Policy Decision Making

    ByClinton J. Andrews

    chapter 13|14 pages

    Rational Choice in Public Policy: The Theory in Critical Perspective

    BySteven Griggs

    chapter 14|14 pages

    Taking Stock of Policy Networks: Do They Matter?

    ByJörg Raab, Patrick Kenis

    chapter 15|20 pages

    Theories of Policy Learning: Agency, Structure, and Change

    ByJohn Grin, Anne Loeber

    part |2 pages

    Part V Deliberative Policy Analysis: Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Narratives

    chapter 17|14 pages

    Rhetoric in Policy Making: Between Logos, Ethos, and Pathos

    ByHerbert Gottweis

    chapter 18|20 pages

    Narrative Policy Analysis

    ByMichel M.J. van Eeten

    part |2 pages

    Part VI Comparative, Cultural, and Ethical Perspectives

    chapter 19|16 pages

    Comparative Public Policy

    ByMartin Lodge

    chapter 20|20 pages

    Applied Cultural Theory: Tool for Policy Analysis

    ByRobert Hoppe

    chapter 21|20 pages

    Ethical Issues and Public Policy

    ByEileen Sullivan, Mary Segers

    part |2 pages

    Part VII Quantitatively Oriented Policy Methods

    chapter 23|20 pages

    Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

    ByKaifeng Yang

    chapter 24|12 pages

    The Use (and Misuse) of Surveys Research in Policy Analysis

    ByJerry Mitchell

    chapter 25|12 pages

    Social Experiments and Public Policy

    ByCaroline Danielson

    chapter 26|10 pages

    Policy Evaluation and Evaluation Research

    ByHellmut Wollmann

    part |2 pages

    Part VIII Qualitative Policy Analysis: Interpretation, Meaning, and Content

    chapter 27|12 pages

    Qualitative-Interpretive Methods in Policy Research

    ByDvora Yanow

    chapter 28|12 pages

    Qualitative Research and Public Policy

    ByAlan R. Sadovnik

    chapter 29|14 pages

    Interpretation and Intention in Policy Analysis

    ByHenk Wagenaar

    chapter 30|20 pages

    Context-Sensitive Policy Methods

    BySusan E. Clarke

    part |2 pages

    Part IX Policy Decisions Techniques

    chapter 31|16 pages

    Cost-Benefi t Analysis

    ByGerald J. Miller, Donijo Robbins

    chapter 34|22 pages

    Public Policy Mediation: From Argument to Collaboration

    ByDavid Laws, John Forester

    part |2 pages

    Part X Country Perspectives

    chapter 35|16 pages

    Policy Analysis in Britain

    ByWayne Parsons

    chapter 36|18 pages

    The Evolution of Policy Analysis in the Netherlands

    ByIgor Mayer

    chapter 38|16 pages

    The Policy Turn in German Political Science

    ByThomas Saretzki

    chapter 39|14 pages

    Policy Analysis in India: Research Bases and Discursive Practices

    ByNavdeep Mathur, Kuldeep Mathur