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Does Policy Analysis Matter? – Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice - California Scholarship Online
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Does Policy Analysis Matter?: Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice

Lee S. Friedman


How well can democratic decision making incorporate the knowledge and expertise generated by public policy analysts? This book examines the historical development of policy analysis (a new professional class of advisors that began developing during the 1950s in the United States), as well as its use in legislative and regulatory bodies and in the federal executive branch. The chapters show that policy-analytic expertise effectively improves governmental services only when it complements democratic decision making. When successful, policy analysis fosters valuable new ideas, better use of evide ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic decision making, public policy analysis, governmental services, transparency, decision processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520287396
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee S. Friedman, editor
University of California, Berkeley

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