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Does Policy Analysis Matter?

Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice

Lee S. Friedman (Author)

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Just how well can democracy incorporate knowledge and expertise through public policy analysts? This book examines the evolution of policy analysis, its use in legislative and regulatory bodies, and its use within the federal executive branch to improve governmental services. As Friedman and his colleagues show, policy analysis is not a panacea, but it generates net social benefits. The essays consider whether policy analysis is only effective when it complements democratic decision-making and whether it improves policy outcomes by fostering better use of evidence in considering alternatives. 

Lee S. Friedman is an economist and Professor Emeritus at the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
“This volume deals with an important question for policy scholars, makes an immediate contribution, and perhaps has the potential to encourage other policy scholars to take up the challenge.”—Dave Weimer, Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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