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The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis

Reissued with a new introduction by B. Guy Peters

Authors: Wildavsky, Aaron

Editors: Peters, Guy (Ed.)

  • A recognized classic of Public Policy
  • Provides essential background to Wildavsky
  • B. Guy Peters' introduction makes this important work accessible to a new generation of students
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eBook 35,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-58619-9
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Softcover 48,14 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-58618-2
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About this book

The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis is a classic work of the Public Policy discipline. Wildavsky’s emphasis on the values involved in public policies, as well as the need to build political understandings about the nature of policy, are as important for 21st century policymaking as they were in 1979.  B. Guy Peters’ critical introduction provides the reader with context for the book, its main themes and contemporary relevance, and offers a guide to understanding a complex but crucial text.

About the authors

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and an adjunct professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He is President of the International Public Policy Association, founding co-editor of the European Political Science Review and was founding co-editor of Governance. 


Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) was Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley, USA, and founding dean of its Goldman School of Public Policy. Wildavsky received honorary doctorates from a number of universities, including Yale and the University of Bologna. His book, Politics of the Budgetary Process, was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration as one of the most influential works in the field.

Reviews

“While identifying the pertinent theme of the interplay between Reason and Power as at the heart of policy analysis, Wildavsky redressed the rationalist claims of analysis-for-policy forever. Nobody could position the enduring relevance of this classic better than Guy Peters.” (Peter Hupe, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

“Aaron Wildavsky’s The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis is an essential reading in public policy and has influenced numerous cohorts of students in the United States and other world regions. The book is as timely as it was upon its first publication and Guy Peters is the most suitable scholar to put the book in context.” (Jale Tosun, Professor of Political Science, Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg, Germany)

“Even after half a century of reading public policy works, if I were to be limited to one professional book, it would be The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis. Aaron Wildavsky, a founder of the field, was determined to teach its members to above all question ‘received' wisdom.  Criticism, while essential, is not enough, he counseled.  Policy analysis must contribute to addressing problems. The mark of good public policy is whether today’s problems are less divisive and more soluble than those previously faced.   At the end of the 1970’s, after two tumultuous decades of revolutionary policies affecting civil rights, social welfare and the environment, Wildavsky was positive about the contribution of policy.  Can we come to the same judgement today?  This book can teach the reader how to do the analysis.” ( Helen Ingram, Professor Emerita in Planning, Policy, and Design and Political Science, University of California, Irvine, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Policy Analysis Is What Information Systems Are Not

    Wildavsky, Aaron

    Pages 7-23

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  • Strategic Retreat on Objectives: Learning from Failure in American Public Policy

    Wildavsky, Aaron

    Pages 25-49

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  • Policy as Its Own Cause

    Wildavsky, Aaron

    Pages 51-77

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  • Coordination Without a Coordinator

    Wildavsky, Aaron

    Pages 79-103

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  • Between Planning and Politics: Intellect vs. Interaction as Analysis

    Wildavsky, Aaron

    Pages 111-142

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Buy this book

eBook 35,69 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58619-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 48,14 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58618-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Art and Craft of Policy Analysis
Book Subtitle
Reissued with a new introduction by B. Guy Peters
Authors
Editors
  • Guy Peters
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58619-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58619-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-58618-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LII, 508
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
Topics