Analyzing Social Policy: Multiple Perspectives for Critically Understanding and Evaluating Policy
October 2010, ©2010
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1 An Overview of Social Policy Analysis.
Identifying Definitions and Forms of Policy.
Recognizing Levels and Scope of Social Policies.
Conceptualizing Policy Analysis.
2 Thinking of Policy Analysis as Research.
The Role of Research in Guiding Policy Analysis.
What Constitutes Research?
Focusing the Policy Analysis.
An Expansive View of Policy Analysis Research.
Service, Engagement, and Volunteerism: What’s the Policy All About?
3 Rational Policy Analysis.
Reason and Rationality.
Rational Assumptions of the Positivist/Postpositivist Paradigm.
Rational Models of Policy Analysis.
How to Assess the Degree to Which an Analysis Approach Is Rational.
4 Applications of Rational Policy Analysis.
Using the Chambers and Wedel Policy/Program Analytical Framework.
Using Jansson's Six-Step Policy Analysis Framework.
Using Huttman's Policy Analysis Model.
Using Holcomb and Nightingale's Implementation Analysis Model.
Using Segal and Bruzuzy's Questions for Social Welfare Policy Analysis.
Concluding Remarks About Rational Policy Analysis.
5 Nonrational Policy Analysis.
Reason and Nonrationality.
Nonrational Assumptions of the Interpretivist/Constructivist Paradigm.
Nonrational Approaches to Policy Analysis.
How to Assess the Degree to Which an Analysis Approach Is Nonrational.
6 Applications in Nonrational Policy Analysis.
Using Stone's Policy Paradox Approach.
Using Kingdon's Policy Primeval Soup or Garbage Can Approach.
Using Prigmore and Atherton's Policy Analysis Approach.
Using Guba's Policy-in-Action Approach.
Using an Impact-Analysis Approach.
7 Critical Policy Analysis.
Reason in Radicality.
Assumptions of the Critical Paradigm.
Critical Approaches to Policy Analysis.
How to Assess the Degree to Which an Analysis Approach Is Critical.
8 Applications in Critical Policy Analysis.
Using Marx's Historical or Dialectical Method.
Analyzing Cultural Responsiveness in Policy Formulation at the Organizational Level.
Using Lejano's Normative Policy Analysis.
Using Moser.s Approach to Gender Policy Implementation.
Using Schiele.s Afrocentric Framework of Policy Analysis.
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