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Analyzing Public Policy

Analyzing Public Policy
Concepts, Tools, and Techniques

Second Edition

February 2010 | 496 pages | CQ Press
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Solving complex policy issues requires an analyst to balance constituents’ needs with the political and economic realities of governance. In Gupta’s foundational text, each concept—whether it’s research design, forecasting, or cost-benefit analysis—is illustrated with recent cases such as the 2008 banking crisis and a GAO report on poverty, allowing students to master a skill and understand its real world application. Expanded coverage of the issues of measurement that arise in economic analyses helps to emphasize the subjective considerations within the decision-making process. New chapters include coverage of the social goals of public policy and how to reconcile divergent views of analysts and policymakers. Students benefit from tables, figures, key terms, and exercises, and instructor’s resources include these graphics in electronic format and a solutions manual.

This book provides an excellent overview for advanced undergraduate students in social policy. It offers a rich account of the context of policy analysis, in respect of government and market failure, public policy goals, the policy process and the role of the analyst. It is particularly useful in that it brings together with the above, a practical and user-friendly approach to undertaking analysis. It will be most useful for students on SWP450 Understanding and Applying Social Policy Analysis.

Dr Sue Vella
Social Policy & Social Work , Univ. of Malta
July 1, 2014

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