Rational Techniques in Policy Analysis

Rational Techniques in Policy Analysis

Policy Studies Institute

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Author: Michael Carley
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483163949

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Rational Techniques in Policy Analysis covers the role of rational techniques in policy making process. This book is organized into two parts encompassing 12 chapters that consider the relationship of policy making and other approaches to rational analysis. Part I deals with the "disintegration" of rational policy analysis to find out what the pieces are, how they work, how the parts interact and how they relate to the wider policy making environment. Part II considers the types of rational analysis in more detail, and serves not only as a survey of rational techniques but as an introduction to the important literature in each field. This part specifically looks into the cost-utility techniques, social forecasting, and evaluation and social indicator research. This book is intended primarily for analysts, researchers, and students of the policy making process in university and government.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures



    Definitions of Terms

    Part I

    I Introduction

    Controversy Abounds

    A Balanced Perspective

    This Book

    2 Analytic Rationality

    Rationality: A First Look

    The Policy Process and Analytic Rationality

    General Problems with the Rational Model


    3 Exploring Policy Analysis

    Policy Making and Policy Analysis

    Essential Value Judgements

    The Scope of Policy Analysis

    The Value of Rational Analysis

    4 A Process Approach to Analysis

    The 'Roots' of Analytic Rationality

    The Past and the Future in Analysis

    The Common Process in Analysis

    The Role of the (Rational) Policy Analyst

    5 Categories for Rational Techniques

    Cost-Utility Analysis

    Impact Assessment

    Forecasting and Futures Research

    Evaluation Research

    Social Indicator Research

    6 Problem Areas in Analysis

    Efficiency and Effectiveness

    Pluralism and Implementation in Decision Making

    Value Judgements within Analysis

    Quantification and Qualification

    Aggregation and Value Weighting

    Distributional Equity

    Public Participation and Analysis


    Bibliography: Part I

    Part II

    7 Cost-Utility Techniques

    Measuring Costs and Benefits

    Cost-Benefit's Reformist Offspring

    Decision Analysis: Preferences and Uncertainty


    8 Studying Environmental and Social Impact

    Environmental Impact Methodology

    Social Impact Assessment

    Issues in Impact Assessment

    9 Social Forecasting and Futures Studies

    Trend Extrapolation

    Qualitative Techniques

    Dynamic Modeling

    Issues in Futures Studies

    10 Evaluation Research

    Controlled and Quasi Experiments

    The Cost-Utility Approach to Evaluation

    Performance Measurement

    Issues in Evaluation

    11 Social Indicator Research

    Programmatic Development

    Development by Social Goal Area

    Development by Life Cycle

    Development from a Theoretical Base


    12 Postscript


Product details

  • No. of pages: 222
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483163949

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