Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis

Barry L. Friedman

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

 Policy Analysis as Organizational Analysis

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This article discusses organizational analysis and the insights that it can provide to policy analysis. It stresses that private organizations have an innovative role in developing programs in order to further their vision of social change, as well as providing feedback effects. This supports the point that a complete policy analysis must consider social policy innovations both in and out of government, as well as the influence of government and organizations on policies. The article also looks at the information problems that arise in the many services that have complex outcomes that are difficult to measure.

Keywords: organizational analysis; vision of social change; feedback effects; private organizations; complete policy analysis; social policy innovations; information problems

Article.  6134 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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