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Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice Paperback – 30 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (30 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131090836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131090835
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,694,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
If you want to learn how to analyze public problems from the view of neoclassic economics this book will help you. Of course, in the real life problems are so much complex and many of the theoretical assumptions of course do not apply for particular context. So, it is ok for a Harvard lecture, a way of solving public issues. You know what I mean!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
essential book for anyone studying economics/public policy 22 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book by accident! And it saved my (academic) life, by giving me a clear, economics-grounded understanding of: -why markets fail -why governments fail too -what the alternatives are for correcting those failures (policy options) -how to do a cost/benefit analysis of the different policy options -how to structure a policy analysis -how to write it up and present it in a way that makes things happen.
Whether you work for an advocacy organization, a politician, a government agency, a corporation, or are simply interested in better understanding why governments intervene in the 'free market', this book will be a great help to you, too!
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
a well-organized introduction to policy studies 1 Sep 1999
By tnterada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Weimer's "Policy Analysis -3rd edition" provides a well-organized, widely-covered, and easily-understandable introduction to policy analysis. Although we have to seek for other materials for an in-depth analysis of some topics, the book helps us start with Public Policy, Policy Analysis, and even economic policies. This is especially good for undergraduate level, since this provides how to study, investigate, and write policy paper.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the best texts in policy analysis 27 Dec 2006
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the very best textbooks in the study of policy analysis.

The first part of the book sets the context. It provides a neat case study of the Canadian salmon fishery to give an example of basic policy analysis. Following this are chapters on the nature of policy analysis and the professional ethics related to the endeavor.

One of the most important elements of this book is the next section--the economics of policy analysis. The text discusses the logic of economics, why government intervention through making policy can make economic sense under certain conditions, and the danger of "government failure" (when governmernt actions may work against good economic sense).

The following section focuses on the variety of policy options available to government to address problems. Some "solutions" are market-based; others include regulations and taxes. The volume goes on to explore techniques such as cost-benefit analysis. Two case studies of policy analysis round out the substantive chapters. The last chapter focuses on the responsibility of policy analysts to both "do well" and to "do good."

Not an easy read, but a book that provides the basic underpinnings for understanding policy analysis--and how to do policy analysis.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of policy analysis 19 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book for a class and it gives a fantastic overview of the basics of policy analysis. It discusses the reasons for government intervention in markets, the analysis of policies and ways of going about doing a thorough policy analysis. Easy to read and very informative!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
as good as anything out there 28 Nov 2004
By B. Y. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is 'the' book when it comes to public policy analysis. I have read the 3rd and 4th editions and both are great foundational books for anyone looking to do public policy analysis as a practitioner or academic researcher.
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