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Policy Analysis - Theorists and Processes

Explain the development of policy analysis. In particular, explore how various scholars (e.g., Aaron Wildavsky; Bobrow Davis and John Dryzek; Kraft Michael and Scott Furlong; Deborha Stone; and Paul Sabatier) conceptualize policy analysis to improve governance. What are the contrasts and the various conceptualizations of policy analysis? What are the implications of these various conceptualizations for public service professionals? How do you see policy analysis? [Relate your perception of the field to the scholarship and justify this ideal approach to policy analysis in terms of improving governance.]

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on Policy analysis as it developed as a field of study over time. This is going to be theory and pedagogy-based but I suggest touching on general ideas and then drawing specifics from that so as to show that you have had a good study of the topic. You will not be able to cover the entirety of the history of the field or list all theories but I believe you will be able to cover the task using this simple outline:

1. About Policy Analysis - 100 words
2. Theories & Scholars - 150 words
3. Work of Wildavsky (as a sample) - 150 words
4. Conceptualizations & different ideas - 150 words
5. Implications in public service - 150 words
6. Reflection - 100 words

This outline should yield around 800 words which should cover what you need. If you need a longer paper, just add more ideas to the discussion. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me now via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You should add ideas and concepts from the materials you are using in class as well so as to demonstrate to your professor that you have reviewed and explored them. All the best with your studies.

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Policy Analysis - Development & Concepts

When we talk of Policy Analysis today, we think of government critiques looking at government action on certain issues and public concerns wherein their policies and its impact are looked at and reviewed in its entirety. Sometimes however, it is not its entirety that is being highlighted but the negative outcomes or impact of a policy that most policy critics shine a light to. Thus, a policy analysis is largely seen as a policy review that looks at issues and problems with a policy so as to improve or resolve what is wrong with it. In the US, policymaking is an important element of government function as they are the actions, resolution, policies and laws enacted by the government to resolve the issues faced by the citizenry and to ensure the protection and development of their quality of life. But making/writing them is not a one-step process - it goes through a host of stages from initial debate to application/conclusion from agenda building, formulation, adoption, implementation, evaluation and termination. A policy analysis looks at a particular policy therefore as it goes through these ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on policy analysis. An overview of the origins, processes, application and definition of the concept is provided. Exploration of the work of Wildavsky is also included. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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