Reflections on Policy Analysis

Rudolf Klein and Theodore R. Marmor

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

 Reflections on Policy Analysis

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This article discusses different reflections on policy analysis. It provides a proposal that the policies advanced and implemented by governments actually reflect their larger concerns about gaining and maintaining office legitimately. It is then argued that the individual policy outputs should be interpreted using the context of the overall policy portfolio. The article also explores the importance of taking into account the historical dimension when public policy is analysed. It then examines the promise and perils of cross-national analysis, as well as its role to check on overdetermined national explanations of why governments do what they do. The article concludes with the case of eclecticism in public policy analysis.

Keywords: reflections on policy analysis; individual policy outputs; overall policy portfolio; historical dimension; cross-national analysis; eclecticism; public policy analysis

Article.  10446 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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