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Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Policy Analysis Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018. 2
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Introduction What is policy analysis? Why do it? What are the steps in policy analysis? Who does policy analysis and using what methods? How is policy analysis different from the policy making cycle? Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018. 3
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Discussion Consider the case of using cell phones while driving a car, whether for talking or texting. Given the information provided in the chapter, would you favor restricting drivers’ use of handheld cell phones? What about hands-free cell phones? What about restrictions on texting? How would you defend this policy choice? Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018. 4
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What is Policy Analysis? Definition: Collect and interpret information to clarify public problems and study consequences of policy actions The study of: public problems proposed policy alternatives (most common use) Purpose: to inform and develop understanding in order to make better policy 5 Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018.
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Approaches to Policy Analysis Rational-Comprehensive Approach Broad and thorough; time consuming Logical sequence of steps Define problem Set outcome goals Propose and evaluate alternatives Choose policy options Incremental Approach Limited and gradual policy change Variety of methods Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018. 6
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Why Do Policy Analysis? Simply put: Better policy It informs the whole cycle of policy making Emphasis on policy alternatives When policy making is rushed, policy analysis gets shorted 7 Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018.
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Policy Analysis Is a Career Field Proliferation of think tanks and policy analysis Complexity of issues Helpful to elected officials Advocacy Justify political positions Brookings Institution Pew Trust Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy, 6e, SAGE Publishing, 2018. 8
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U.S. Gun Violence: The Need for Policy Analysis Video: “Guns: a Public Health issue ”
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  • Fall '17
  • Michael Hohn
  • Brookings Institution, Furlong, SAGE Publishing

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