Perspectives on Policy Analysis

A Framework for Understanding and Design 1

Authored by: Igor S. Mayer , C. E. van Daalen , Pieter W. G. Bots

Routledge Handbook of Policy Design

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815369189
eBook ISBN: 9781351252928
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Policy analysis is a multifaceted field in which a variety of different activities and ambitions have found a place. Some policy analysts conduct quantitative or qualitative research, while others reconstruct and analyze political discourse or set up citizen fora. Some policy analysts are independent researchers, some are process facilitators, while others act as political advisers. The debate on the discipline—for example on its foundations, underlying values and methods—is conducted in a fragmented way. This chapter provides a framework for positioning the different perspectives and for highlighting the implications of choosing a perspective when designing or evaluating a policy analysis project.

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