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Rebooting Policy Analysis
Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope

First Edition


February 2022 | 616 pages | CQ Press
Rebooting Policy Analysis: Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope is a savvy introduction to policy analysis that gets students thinking, not just about how decisions should be made, but how they are made. The text highlights practical skills needed to advise decision-makers on matters of public policy in ways that are well-informed and solutions-oriented, while managing limitations like time, resources, and information. In a world that has become increasingly complex and partisan, the strength of policy analysis rests not only in its classical academic methods, but on the development of a practical, analytic mindset.

 
Part I: Introduction: The Classical Models and their Limitations
 
1. Thinking about the Future: Prospective Policy Analysis
 
2. Thinking About the Past: Retrospective Program and Impact Evaluation
 
3. Obstacles to Using Classical Policy Analysis Models in the Real World
 
Part II: Introduction: Thinking Clearly
 
4. Using Metacognition to Check Your Own Biases & the Biases of Others
 
5. Using Logic to Identify Tentative Truths
 
6. Collecting and Evaluating Evidence for Use in Policy Analysis
 
7. The Mindset of an Effective Policy Analyst
 
Part III: Looking at Policy Issues Through Different Lenses
 
8. The Equity Lens
 
9. The Economics Lens
 
10. The Political and Institutional Lenses
 
11. The Legal, Sustainability, and Science and Technology Lenses
 
Part IV: The Building Blocks of Policy Analysis
 
12. Incorporating Systems Thinking in Policy Analysis
 
13. Using Policy Analysis to Visualize the Future
 
14. Designing and (Re)Designing Public Policies
 
15. Having an Impact While Preserving Your Integrity

“This text helps to integrate various disciplinary and normative perspectives that often remain siloed. It also critiques traditional approaches and methods with humility, offering practical advice and tools for policy analysts to hold loosely.”

Sara McClellan
Sacramento State University

“This is a smart and innovative approach to improving the way we teach policy analysts. It addresses many of the blindspots I see [in] students.”

Joel Hicks
George Mason University

“[Linquiti’s book offers] an original approach.  Students will love it.”

Alexandre Couture Gagnon
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“This is an accessible text that moves beyond the classic models of analysis to give students multiple tools that let them overcome the limitations of normal policy analysis. It moves them toward systems thinking.  […] All the texts I have considered stick with the classic models of analysis, even though many admit that they are flawed. They are also all either too simplistic to be useful for a practicing analyst or so complex that they are inaccessible for many of my students. This text appears to bridge that gap.”

Robert (Bo) Wood
University of North Dakota

“This book helps to fill a needed void in the way we look at tackling public policy matters […]”

Richard Gregory Johnson III
University of San Francisco

“A refreshing revision and extension of traditional public policy analysis, placing the expertise and usefulness of the professional policy analysts at the center of a fully integrated approach to public policy analysis for the real world […] Those with a professional and scholarly public policy focus and scholars and public policy advocates will find Rebooting Policy Analysis engaging and useful.”

Bruce Ransom
Clemson University

“Very promising and well written. Pedagogy and scholarship [are] well-grounded and situated for the intended audience. […] a good first text for rebooting policy analysis.”

Jasmine Renner
East Tennessee State University

“A new book on policy analysis that explains the pitfalls of the classical economic approach and provides students with a grounding in real-world problems.”

Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr.
University of Pittsburgh

“Linquiti’s twenty-three year professional career in the private sector, working collaboratively with government in public policy development, implementation, and evaluation processes provides unique experiential perspectives, which complement academic and practical aspects of policy analysis in […] a world becoming more skeptical, critical, and fractured by the inside workings of government.”

Brian Nakamura
University of Arkansas
Key features
  • Spotlights four core competencies that all aspiring policy analysts need to master in order to solve policy problems: how we think (metacognition), using logic to question assumptions, collection of evidence to really understand what’s happening “on the ground”, and a mindset appropriate to the successful execution of policy analysis.
  • Goes beyond microeconomics and quantitative methods to provide a holistic view that looks at policy issues through the lenses of justice and equity, political and institutional processes, the law, sustainability, and scientific and technological change.
  • Each chapter includes learning objectives, a chapter summary and critical thinking questions.
 

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