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The characterization of particular stages can vary, but a basic sequence is: agenda setting — formulation — legitimation — implementation — evaluation. Officials considered as policymakers bear responsibility to reflect the interests of a host of different stakeholders. Policy design entails conscious and deliberate effort to define policy aims and map them instrumentally.
This article explores the interplay of local government policy and legitimacy from a broad postpositivist perspective where historical accounts and narratives are used in a complementary fashion. The basic assumption is that legitimacy is the product of satisfying felt needs and solving perceived problems. Health and social malaise problems and related policies of the past years are analyzed in 50 Swedish municipalities. The analysis indicates that municipality policies respond to local problems only partly. It is suggested that if history is considered more seriously in public policy making it could help policy makers and citizens readjust expectations, illuminate the limits and prospects for public policy, and identify ways to restore legitimacy. Moreover, legitimacy could be restored if more realistic policies are worked out and if a new division of power between the levels of government is introduced. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Policy analysis is a technique used in public administration to enable civil servants , activists , and others to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals of laws and elected officials. The process is also used in the administration of large organizations with complex policies. It has been defined as the process of "determining which of various policies will achieve a given set of goals in light of the relations between the policies and the goals. Policy analysis can be divided [ by whom? The areas of interest and the purpose of analysis determine what types of analysis are conducted. A combination of two kinds of policy analyses together with program evaluation is defined as policy studies. Policy analysis has its roots in systems analysis , an approach used by United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara  in the s.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. This major textbook presents for the first time a thoroughly modern introduction to policy studies — one of the fastest growing areas in the academic curriculum. Public Policy provides a lively, clear and highly accessible introduction to the theory and practice of public policy.
Public policy refers to the rules, regulations, and guidelines formulated by governments for the purpose of solving problems that have an impact on the society and the general public. Public policy analysis involves evaluating issues of public importance with the objective of providing facts and statistics about the extent and impact of the various policies of the government. The basic objective of public policy analysis is to assess the degree to which the policies are meeting their goals. Public policy analysis deals with the application of social science theories and methods to analyze matters of public importance.
Emery Roe demonstrates across a wide array of case studies that structuralist and poststructuralist theories of narrative are exceptionally useful in evaluating difficult policy problems, understanding their implications, and in making effective policy recommendations. Assuming no prior knowledge of literary theory, Roe introduces the theoretical concepts and terminology from literary analysis through an examination of the budget crises of national governments. With a focus on several particularly intractable issues in the areas of the environment, science, and technology, he then develops the methodology of narrative policy analysis by showing how conflicting policy "stories" often tell a more policy-relevant meta-narrative.
This major textbook presents for the first time a thoroughly modern introduction to policy studies - one of the fastest growing areas in the academic curriculum. Students and faculty can both profit from Parsons s insights into the field. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh. Wayne Parsons presents the range of arguments and theories in a lively and accessible way, being prepared to take us back to Machiavelli and to remind us of the importance of authorities from earlier in this Century as well as to introduce contemporary work. He is very good at showing how prescription and description are interwoven in most of the literature.
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