Policy Analysis in the United States brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of public policy analysis including Beryl Radin, David Weimer, Rebecca Maynard, Laurence Lynn, and Guy Peters.
This volume represents an indispensable companion to other volumes in the International Library of Policy Analysis series, enabling scholars to compare cross-nationally concepts and practices of public policy analysis in the media, sub-national governments, and many more institutional settings.
The volume represents an invaluable contribution to public policy analysis and can be used widely in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels in schools of public affairs and public policy as well as in comparative politics and policy.
John A. Hird is Dean of the College of Social & Behavoral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. The founding director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, his research focuses on the use of expertise in public policymaking.
IIntroduction ~ John A. Hird
Part One: History, styles, and methods of policy analysis in the United States
Policy analysis in the United States ~ David Weimer
The evolution of the policy analysis profession in the United States ~ Beryl A. Radin
The argumentative turn in public policy inquiry: deliberative policy analysis for usable advice ~ Frank Fischer
Reflections on 50 years of policy advice in the United States ~ Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.
Part Two: Policy analysis by governments
The practice and promise of policy analysis and program evaluation to improve decision making within the U.S. Federal Government ~ Rebecca A. Maynard
Policy analysis in the states ~ Gary VanLandingham
Policy analysis and evidence-based decision making at the local level ~ Karen Mossberger, David Swindell, Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst, and Kuang-Ting Tai;
Committees and legislatures ~ Philip Joyce
Part Three: Policy analysis outside of government
Policy advisory committees: an operational view ~ Michael Holland and Julia Lane
Public opinion and public policy in the United States ~ Saundra K. Schneider and William G. Jacoby
Political parties and policy analysis ~ Zachary Albert and Raymond J. La Raja
Policy analysis by corporations and trade associations ~ Erik Godwin, Kenneth Godwin, and Scott Ainsworth
Policy analysis and the nonprofit sector ~ Steven Rathgeb Smith
The media ~ Annelise Russell and Maxwell McCombs
Think tanks and policy analysis ~ Andrew Rich
Part Four: Policy analysis education and impact internationally
Public policy education in the United States ~ Michael O’Hare
The status of the profession: the role of PhD And Masters programs in public policy education ~ Nadia Rubaii
The influence of policy analysis in the United States on the international experience ~ B. Guy Peters
"This collection offers a unique and valuable set of perspectives on the history of policy analysis, changes in the field over recent decades, and current challenges facing practitioners." Michael E. Kraft, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay