A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving 6th Edition

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"Bardach and Patashnik provide a strong analytical framework to guide the novice student in exploring policy options. The text is substantive yet approachable, providing a bridge between theory and practice that is meaningful for both undergraduate and graduate students of public policy." -- Kimberly Ratcliff

"Professors Bardach and Patashnik′s "Eightfold Path" provides a wise and engaging how-to guide that meets the central challenge of policy analysis: combining scientific evidence and social goals to craft practical, real-world solutions." -- Thomas S. Dee

"Bardach and Patashnik’s  A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis has become a genuine classic of policy analysis because it offers a versatile framework for confronting policy issues of all types―from persistent, long-standing problems to new, emergent challenges. Like every classic work, it contains different layers of insight for different readers. Junior analysts can use the eight basic elements as a primer. Intermediate analysts can add the design principles. Experienced analysts can deepen their practice by applying the eightfold path to increasingly complex problems. I wouldn’t think of teaching policy analysis at any level without this elegant guide to our craft." -- Karen Baehler

"A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis still remains the most accessible and practical guide for those learning the craft of public policy analysis.  It offers a clear road map to conduct effective policy analysis, and provides a terrific list of useful resources and helpful hints to do so.  The newer substantive chapters in the book on design problems, gathering political support, and asking the right questions make clear that the authors believe, justifiably, that policy analysis is not a linear craft and that policy adoption is not strictly technical.  The additional chapter on understanding the role of big data in policy analysis is terrific and exposes readers to an important question in policy analysis of what is evidence. The Guide should be required reading for all students in public affairs type undergraduate- and graduate-level programs." -- Michael Stoll

"This book remains the gold standard for introducing students to key issues in policy analysis. I have used it many times in teaching Policy Analysis courses for both students and practicing policy analysts. The new edition adds a lot of helpful new material (e.g., discussions of Big Data) that will be helpful to students struggling to think systematically about how to assess policy alternatives. Other books cover economic and technical analytical skills that are essential to policy analysis, but no other source covers the process of policy analysis with the depth, insight and wisdom of Bardach and Patashnik."

-- R. Kent Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy

?"From my undergraduate "Introduction to Public Policy" course through MPP client-based policy analysis courses, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis has been essential reading.  The book sets students on an eight-fold path from succinctly defining policy problems through advocating on behalf of a well-reasoned proposal.  It provides structured thinking for students new to public policy and hands-on advice for those about to become policy professionals – all in tight, well-written, accessible, and interesting prose.  It is a pleasure to see the growth in students that this text helps ensure and to hear from our alumni who refer back to it so regularly." -- Craig Volden, Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

"I was introduced to Bardach’s book when I was a graduate student and have begun using it in my courses for the past twenty years. The content and style is very accessible and informative for students who want to learn about practical skills that will help them in the workplace."


-- Kimberly Speers

"A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis is the essential text to introduce health policy students to the practice of policy analysis. The authors offer a persuasive argument for why defining the problem is the fundamental yet challenging first step of policy analysis; this lesson is critical for health policy, where issue rhetoric abounds. The book offers a step-by-step methodology that appeals to students’ need for structure, while reminding readers that the process of policy analysis―and politics―is inherently complex and non-linear. Students who master the book’s core lessons will learn to embrace an iterative mode of thinking and a storytelling mode of writing, skills that will serve policy professionals and policy researchers well throughout their careers."


-- Sarah Gollust

About the Author

Eugene Bardach has been teaching graduate-level policy analysis workshop classes since 1973 at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, in which time he has coached some 500 projects. He is a broadly based political scientist with wide-ranging teaching and research interests. His focus is primarily on policy implementation and public management, and most recently on problems of facilitating better interorganizational collaboration in service delivery (e.g., in human services, environmental enforcement, fire prevention, and habitat preservation). He also maintains an interest in problems of homeland defense, regulatory program design and execution, particularly in areas of health, safety, consumer protection, and equal opportunity. Bardach has developed novel teaching methods and materials at Berkeley, has directed and taught in residentially based training programs for higher-level public managers, and has worked for the Office of Policy Analysis at the US Department of Interior. He is the recipient of the 1998 Donald T. Campbell Award of the Policy Studies Organization for creative contribution to the methodology of policy analysis, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This book is based on his experience teaching students the principles of policy analysis and then helping them to execute their project work.




Eric M. Patashnik is Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, and Director of Brown′s Master of Public Affairs program in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Before coming to Brown, Patashnik held faculty positions at University of Virginia (UVA), UCLA, and Yale University. During his time at UVA, he served as associate dean and acting dean at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Patashnik’s research focuses on the politics of American national policymaking, especially health policy, the welfare state, and the reform process. He is the author or editor of seven books.  Patashnik has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration and has also won the Don K. Price Book Award of the American Political Science Association. Patashnik received his MPP and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley.  Earlier in his career, Patashnik was a legislative analyst for the US House Subcommittee on Elections.

 


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CQ Press; 6th edition (August 22, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1506368883
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1506368887
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.49 x 9 inches
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Eric M. Patashnik is Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Patashnik is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Patashnik previously held faculty positions at University of Virginia, UCLA and Yale University.

Patashnik is the author and editor of several books including Unhealthy Politics: the Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine (with Alan S. Gerber and Conor M. Dowling, Princeton University Press, 2017), which won both the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration and the Don K. Price Award of the American Political Science Association, and Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Patashnik received both his MPP and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

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