An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, by Thomas A Birkland

By Thomas A Birkland

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Norton, 1978) and David Leo Weimer and Aidan R. Vining, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, 4th edition (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004). It is important to understand both the welfare economics traditions from which Stokey, Zeckhauser, Weimer, and Vining draw their ideas as well as the problems with using these approaches as the sole lens through which to view Introducing the Policy Process 23 public policy making. Examples of research that use the welfare economics approach can be found in any issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).

History is sometimes considered a social science. discipline. A field of academic research or study. Sociology, political science, and economics are social science disciplines; electrical, civil, and mechanical engineering are engineering disciplines. Disciplines approach similar problems in different ways. 2 A Public Policy Morphology Public policy education and research has four fairly distinct variants. This book focuses on the first approach, and can serve as a foundation for further study in other areas of policy study.

As knowledge filters from the more abstract to the more applied, insights from the theoretical world are employed, knowingly or not, by practitioners. Conversely, students of public policy derive theory by observing the collective activity of the practitioners of public policy. This book considers theory more extensively in chapter 10. Related to the practical reasons for studying policy are political reasons. People with political goals study public policy to learn how to promote their preferred policy options.

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