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Policy Paradox Rev Edition the Art of Politicby Deborah Stone
Synopses & Reviews
Unlike most texts, which treat policy analysis and policy making as different enterprises, Policy Paradox demonstrates that "you can't take politics out of analysis." Through a uniquely rich and comprehensive model, this revised edition continues to show how real-world policy grows out of differing ideals, even definitions, of basic societal goals like security, equality, and liberty. The book also demonstrates how these ideals often conflict in policy implementation.
In this revised edition, Stone has added a full-length case study as an appendix, taking up the issue of affirmative action. Clear, provocative, and engaging, Policy Paradox conveys the richness of public policy making and analysis.
Book News Annotation:
Problematizing the basic concepts of policy analysis, this book details the role of struggle in defining ideas like equity, efficiency, liberty, and fairness. Likewise, the tools of policy making—incentives, rules, persuasion, legal protections, and the reorganization of authority—are recast as complex social processes. Stone (government, Dartmouth College) argues that, at every stage and on every level, values shape policy design and implementation. This edition includes a chapter-length case study of affirmative action policies.
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"Policy Paradox" integrates case studies and theory with clear critical analysis. Through a rich and complex model, this revised edition continues to show how real-world policy grows out of differing ideals, and even definitions, of such basic societal goals as security, equality and liberty.
Since its debut, Policy Paradox has been widely acclaimed as the most accessible policy text available.
About the Author
Deborah Stone is the David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at Brandeis University. She has taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs at MIT, Yale, Tulane, and Duke University. She is the senior editor of The American Prospect.
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