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Policy Analysis for Effective Development: Strengthening Transition Economies

Kristin Morse and Raymond J. Struyk
Policy Analysis for Effective Development: Strengthening Transition Economies
ISBN: 978-1-58826-366-7
$65.00
ISBN: 978-1-58826-391-9
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2006/441 pages/LC: 2005019725
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"This book fills a major gap in the literature."—Paul Collins, Public Administration and Development

"This is a superb book in every respect.... clearly written, completely practical, and well designed to engage students."—David Falk, University of Maryland

DESCRIPTION

This practical text provides analytic tools and real world examples to equip both students and professionals with the skills they need to develop—and implement—effective public policies.

Focusing on transition economies, Morse and Struyk concentrate on the day to day tasks involved in tackling social and economic policy issues. They thoroughly cover the practicalities of activities such as allocating resources, balancing political and technical factors, introducing competition into the public sector, weighing costs and benefits, monitoring and evaluating programs, and even presenting policy recommendations, as well as the specifics of the actual decisionmaking process. Exercises and case studies allow readers to apply lessons learned to real situations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristin Morse is an independent policy analyst with extensive on-the-ground experience in Eastern Europe. Raymond J. Struyk is an international development economist.

CONTENTS

  • Why Policy Analysis?
  • THE BASIC TOOLS.
  • The Policy Analysis Model.
  • Stakeholder Analysis.
  • Data Collection Analysis.
  • DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES AND PROGRAMS.
  • Allocating Government Resources.
  • Assigning Government Responsibilities.
  • Implementing Government Programs.
  • Outsourcing Public Services.
  • MONITORING AND EVALUATING PROGRAMS.
  • Program Monitoring.
  • Performance Management.
  • Program Evaluation.
  • Impact Evaluation.
  • Cost-Benefit Evaluation.
  • PREPARING POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS.
  • Preparing Policy Recommendations.
  • APPENDIX.
  • Policy Case Studies.
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