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Policy Analysis and Policy Makers

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Policy analysis is finding out what governments do, why they do it, and what difference, if any, it makes. What is your understanding of what policy analysis contains and what policy makers can learn from policy analysis?

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My understanding of what policy analysis contains, is essentially that policy analysis contains the analytical methodology that is utilized by which to ascertain the efficiency and or effectiveness of a given policy before and after it has been implemented. Policy analysis contains statistical methodologies by ...

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The Individual Level: Policymakers and their environment
Under what conditions, if any, is the individual level of analysis more useful than the unit-level or system-level? Why? In your response, describe at least five specific examples in which the individual level of analysis could provide greater insight into state actions.
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PS: YOUR ANSWER should be analytic in nature and include examples that can bolster your argument. YOUR ANSWER should be free of any spelling or grammar errors and properly cited in Turabian format. At least 3 references. Make sure to proofread carefully.
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The Individual Level: Policymakers and their environment
Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack, "Let us now Praise Great men: Bringing the Statesman Back In," International Security Vol. 25, (No. 4) Spring 2001: 107-146. http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/3092135
Morton Halperin, Priscilla Klapp, and Arnold Kanter, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy, 2nd Edition (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2006): 9-98 (Chapters 2-5). http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=174423&site=ehost-live
Steve Smith, "Groupthink and the Hostage Rescue Mission," British Journal of Political Science Vol. 15, No.1 (January 1985): 117-123. http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/193750

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