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Rebooting Policy Analysis

Rebooting Policy Analysis
Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope

First Edition

January 2022 | 616 pages | CQ Press
Rebooting Policy Analysis: Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope is a savvy introduction to policy analysis that gets students thinking, not just about how decisions should be made, but how they are made. The text highlights practical skills needed to advise decision-makers on matters of public policy in ways that are well-informed and solutions-oriented, while managing limitations like time, resources, and information. In a world that has become increasingly complex and partisan, the strength of policy analysis rests not only in its classical academic methods, but on the development of a practical, analytic mindset.
Part I: Introduction: The Classical Models and their Limitations
1. Thinking about the Future: Prospective Policy Analysis
2. Thinking About the Past: Retrospective Program and Impact Evaluation
3. Obstacles to Using Classical Policy Analysis Models in the Real World
Part II: Introduction: Thinking Clearly
4. Using Metacognition to Check Your Own Biases & the Biases of Others
5. Using Logic to Identify Tentative Truths
6. Collecting and Evaluating Evidence for Use in Policy Analysis
7. The Mindset of an Effective Policy Analyst
Part III: Looking at Policy Issues Through Different Lenses
8. The Equity Lens
9. The Economics Lens
10. The Political and Institutional Lenses
11. The Legal, Sustainability, and Science and Technology Lenses
Part IV: The Building Blocks of Policy Analysis
12. Incorporating Systems Thinking in Policy Analysis
13. Using Policy Analysis to Visualize the Future
14. Designing and (Re)Designing Public Policies
15. Having an Impact While Preserving Your Integrity

Peter D. Linquiti

Peter Linquiti is an Associate Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He joined GW’s faculty in 2012 after a 23-year career as a policy analyst at ICF International, where he supported clients on a wide variety of assignments related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies at the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Energy, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, United Nations Environment Program, the World Bank, and the governments of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and... More About Author