The World of the Policy Analyst: Rationality, Values, and Politics

The World of the Policy Analyst: Rationality, Values, and Politics

The World of the Policy Analyst: Rationality, Values, and Politics

The World of the Policy Analyst: Rationality, Values, and Politics

Synopsis

The analysis of policy in the political realm requires a grasp of philosophy, political strategy, analytic rationality and ethics. The link between methodology in the field and the real world of politics is clearly shown in this introductory text.

Excerpt

This edition updates the first edition and in two important areas adds substantially to that treatment of the environment of the policy analyst. In chapters 3 and 4, which are an expansion of the previous chapter 3, William Bluhm elaborates his examination of the cultural context of policy analysis with a new chapter on ethics in policy analysis. Chapter 7 is an addition to the book in which Robert Heineman both traces the movement toward policy devolution to the states and surveys the increasingly influential activities of think tanks. Although the aforementioned individuals have had primary responsibility for these chapters, all of the coauthors have read the manuscript and contributed throughout.

As with the previous edition, our efforts here owe much to many. In particular, we wish to thank Karen Mix and Susan Meacham for their secretarial support and the excellent reference staff of Herrick Memorial Library. Last but certainly not least, we extend our thanks to those readers of the first edition who have taken the time to offer us useful suggestions.

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