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Policy Analysis : Concepts and Practice (Paperback) (David L. Weimer & Aidan R. Vining)
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Often described as a Public Policy "bible," Weimer and Vining remains the essential primer it ever was. Now in its sixth edition, Policy Analysis provides a strong conceptual foundation of the rationales for, and the limitations to, public policy. It offers practical advice about how to do policy analysis, but goes a bit deeper, to demonstrate the application of advanced analytical techniques through the use of case studies. Updates to this edition include:
- A chapter dedicated to distinguishing between policy analysis, policy research, stakeholder analysis, and research about the policy process.
- The most current research findings from behavioral economics.
- An extensively updated chapter on policy problems as market and governmental failure that explores the popularity of Uber and its consequences.
- The presentation of a property rights perspective in the chapter on government supply to help show the goal tensions that arise from mixed ownership.
- An entirely new chapter on program evaluation.
- A substantially rewritten chapter on Cost-Benefit Analysis, to better prepare students to become producers and consumers of the types of cost-benefit analyses they will encounter in regulatory analysis and social policy careers.
- A substantially rewritten chapter on information gathering to reflect the use of the latest technologies.
Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practices remains a comprehensive, serious, and rich introduction to policy analysis for students in public policy, public administration, and business programs.