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Does Policy Analysis Matter?Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice$
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Lee S. Friedman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287396

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287396.001.0001

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Can Congress Do Policy Analysis?

Can Congress Do Policy Analysis?

The Politics of Problem Solving on Capitol Hill

(p.85) Chapter Three Can Congress Do Policy Analysis?
Does Policy Analysis Matter?

Eric M. Patashnik

Justin Peck

University of California Press

This chapter addresses the issues of using nonpartisan policy analysis within the current US legislative setting. It criticizes some of the earlier studies that assess congressional use of policy analysis for applying too narrow a conception of how analysis can affect decision making. The chapter conducts an original survey of over 150 policy professionals working in the Washington, DC, area and uses it to assess how well Congress carries out the different tasks or steps of policy analysis. It asks how well a certain institution carries out the policy-analytic mission rather than viewing policy analysis as the task of an individual or a small team focused on one particular issue.

Keywords:   Congress, legislative branch, executive branch, policy analysis, policy professionals, political decision making

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