Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making

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Norton, 1988 - Political Science - 428 pages
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Unlike most texts, which treat policy analysis and policy making as different enterprises, Policy Paradox demonstrates that "you can't take politics out of analysis." Through a uniquely rich and comprehensive model, this revised edition continues to show how real-world policy grows out of differing ideals, even definitions, of basic societal goals like security, equality, and liberty. The book also demonstrates how these ideals often conflict in policy implementation.

In this revised edition, Stone has added a full-length case study as an appendix, taking up the issue of affirmative action. Clear, provocative, and engaging, Policy Paradox conveys the richness of public policy making and analysis.

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User Review  - Paulatics - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I considered using it in my Introduction to Public Policy course, but quickly determined that it is more suited to graduate students. It is a high-level academic treatment of public policy that approaches reality more than theory. Read full review

Review: Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making

User Review  - Rachel Matsuoka - Goodreads

A well-written, overall pretty engaging text highlighting the complexity of what goes into making policy. It ended with a well-presented case study on affirmative action that analyzed the arguments ... Read full review

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