A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving 4E

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SAGE, 2012 - Political Science - 180 pages
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With his original eightfold approach, Eugene Bardach encapsulates more than 35 years of teaching students effective, accurate and persuasive policy analysis. This bestselling handbook presents dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional.

In this new edition, Bardach clarifies some of the book's exposition, paying particular attention to "design problems" and the choice of a "base case". Up-to-date examples, including a new set of environmental problems, make the book even more engaging. Readers will also appreciate a sample document of real world policy analysis, a primer in how to "talk the talk" of policy analysis, and a cheat sheet of strategies for solving a host of policy problems.


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Eugene Bardach has been teaching graduate-level policy analysis workshopnbsp;classes since 1973 at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, in which time he has coached somenbsp;500 projects. He is a broadly based political scientist with wide-ranging teaching and research interests. His focus is primarily on policy implementationnbsp;and public management, and most recently on problems of facilitating better interorganizational collaboration in service deliverynbsp;(e.g., in human services, environmental enforcement, fire prevention, and habitat preservation). He also maintains an interest in problems ofnbsp;homeland defense regulatory program design and execution, particularly in areas of health, safety, consumer protection, and equal opportunity.nbsp;Bardach has developed novel teaching methods and materials at Berkeley, has directed and taught in residentially based training programs fornbsp;higher-level public managers, and has worked for the Office of Policy Analysis at the US Department of Interior. He is the recipient of the 1998nbsp;Donald T. Campbell Award of the Policy Studies Organization for creative contribution to the methodology of policy analysis. This book isnbsp;based on his experience teaching students the principles of policy analysis and then helping them to execute their project work.nbsp;

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