The Politics of Policy Evaluation

Mark Bovens, Paul 't Hart and Sanneke Kuipers

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Politics of Policy Evaluation

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This article discusses the politics of policy evaluation and approaches this in two ways, each with its own shortcomings and crucial strengths. The first approach looks at the roles and functions of policy evaluation and puts them in the wider politics of public policy making. The second looks at how the key schools of policy analysis propose to deal with the contested and inherently political nature of evaluation. The article ends with an original view of how policy analysis may cope with the challenge of ex post evaluation.

Keywords: policy evaluation; roles and functions; public policy making; policy analysis; evaluation; ex post evaluation

Article.  6875 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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