Rational Techniques in Policy Analysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780435838010, 9781483163949

Rational Techniques in Policy Analysis

1st Edition

Policy Studies Institute

Authors: Michael Carley
eBook ISBN: 9781483163949
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 222
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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



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