Beyond Policy Analysis 6th Edition – Book Highlights

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Book description [DRAFT]

Beyond Policy Analysis, 6th Edition is a text book, by Atlas co-editor Leslie A. Pal, Graeme Auld, and Alexandra Mallett. The book is frequently referenced in the Atlas of Public Management.

The concluding chapter, entitled Going Forward: Doing Policy Analysis, is co-authored by both Atlas co-editors and includes links to the Atlas, particularly to Most Useful Concepts. [Click image on left for the link.]

Detailed reference for the 6th edition


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Chapter titles in Beyond Policy Analysis, 6th Ed.

  1. TO COME
Glossary of key terms in Beyond Policy Analysis, 6th Ed. [TO BE UPDATED]

The Key Terms at the end of each of Chapters 1-9 are reproduced on the Atlas at:

Glossary from Pal’s Beyond Policy Analysis

Glossary from Pal’s Beyond Policy Analysis – Chapter by Chapter

Alignment of Beyond Policy Analysis with Atlas subjects, topics and concepts

As could be expected from the second and third word in the title, Beyond Policy Analysis addresses many of the topics and concepts in the Atlas subject Policy Analysis and Process. And, as might be expected from the first word in the title, Beyond Policy Analysis addresses many of the topics and concepts in Implementation and Delivery which can be viewed as the next, practice-oriented, step from Policy Analysis and Process. As well, Beyond Policy Analysis addresses several topics in Governance and Institutions and Evaluation and Performance Measurement. The table below displays the topics and concepts that draw, or will draw, on material in Beyond Policy Analysis.

Chapters and Sections

Atlas Topics (bold) and Concepts

1. Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice
What Is Public Policy?
The Study of Policy Analysis and Process

Pal’s Elements of Policy Content

Policy Consistency

What Is Public Policy Analysis? Policy Analysis

Pal’s Types of Reasoning in Policy Analysis

Models of Decision Making

Rational Decision Making Model

Lindblom’s Incrementalism and Muddling Through

Postmodernist Critiques of Rational Decision Making

The Study of Policy Analysis and Process

Policy Analysis’s Impact on Policymaking

The Policy Movement Lasswell’s Policy Sciences

Policy Capacity

2. Modern Governance: The Challenges for Policy Analysis
Globalization Trends, Drivers, and Consequences


The Politics of Difference
Diversity, Identity, and Rights

Politics of Difference

Governance and Public Management
Modernizing Government

New Public Management

Kernaghan’s Bureaucratic/Post-bureaucratic Framework

Ethics, Rights, and Accountability

Management Accountability Framework

3. Problem Definition in Policy Analysis
Problem Definition: Key Issues
Problem Definition and Agenda Setting

Pal’s Aspects of Problem Definition

Issue Framing

Policy Images

Policy Window

Problem Definition: Beyond Old Categories
4. Policy Instruments and Design
The Study of Policy Analysis and Process

Policy Design

Inventory and the Dynamics of Instrument Choice
Policy Instruments and Design

Typologies of Policy Instruments

Pal’s Classification of Policy Instruments

Designing the Delivery Model

Doing Nothing as a Policy Instrument

Using Information-Based Policy Instruments

Using Expenditure-Based Policy Instruments

Using Regulation-Based Policy Instruments

Using Direct Provision as a Policy Instrument

New Dynamics
Designing the Delivery Model

Using Taxation-Based Policy Instruments

New Emphases: Information, Partnerships, Internationalism, and Institutional Design
Implementing through Partners and Networks

Using Partnership as a Policy Instrument

Using Internationalization as a Policy Instrument

Using Procedural and Institutional Policy Instruments

Network Targets

Policy Instruments and Design

Policy Design and Social Values

5. Policy Implementation
The Study of Implementation and Delivery

Implementation vs. Policy Design

 Implementation Theory Implementation Theory

Hogwood & Gunn’s Elements for Successful Implementation

Sabatier & Muzmanian’s Framework of the Implementation Process

Pressman & Wildavsky’s Implementation Model

Bardach’s Implementation Game

Eggers & O’Leary’s Project Management Framework for Implementation

Public Management Developments: The NPM Model and Beyond
Modernizing Government

New Public Management

Implementation and a Changing Public Service
Promoting Innovation and Driving Change


Quality Service and Service Standards

Integrated Service Delivery

6. Policy Communities and Networks
Interests and the Policy Process

Pal’s Glossary of Conceptualizing Interests in Policymaking


Communities and Networks: Conceptual Frameworks
Implementing through Partners and Networks

Policy Community

Advocacy Coalitions

Policy Communities, Networks, and Policy Management Policy Networks

Kernaghan’s Classification of Partnerships

Partnerships and Horizontal Management

Public-Private Partnership Models

Consulting and Communicating on Policy

Consulting Stakeholders and Engaging Citizens

7. Evaluation
 Types of Evaluation
The Study of Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation

Contrasting Purposes of Evaluation

Categories of Program Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Efficiency Evaluation

Impact Evaluation

Cost-Benefit Analysis in Evaluation

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Organizing and Measuring for Performance

Attribution Problem

Performance Reporting

Policy Evaluation in Canada
Securing Legal Authority and Budgetary Resources

Programs and Budgeting

8. Policymaking under Pressure
Modelling Chaos
Managing Risk

Implications of Nonlinearity and Complexity

Risk in Public Management

Risk Assessment

Emergency Management Managing Emergencies and Crises

Emergency Management

Crisis Management

Conclusion Expectations vs. Reality in Crisis Management
9. Policy Communication
Consulting and Communicating on Policy

The Crucial Role of Communication

Approaches to Policy Communication Dunn’s Four-stage Process of Communicating Policy-relevant Knowledge

Policy Issue Paper

The Role of Ideas in Policymaking

Postmodernist Policy Analysis

Symbolic Representation and Narrative

Media Bias and Agenda Setting

Communication Nudges and Behavioural Economics

The Practice of Policy Communication Pal’s Comparison of Academic and Policy Research

Writing to Persuade

Smith’s 3-Step Approach to Policy Communication

Young and Quinn’s Writing Checklist for Problem Definition

PowerPoint and Data Visualization

10. Conclusions
Policy Analysis: Rethinking the Toolkit
Nature and Purpose of Modern Governance
Ethics, Accountability, and Good Governance
Responsibility and Accountability

Values and Ethics Codes

Benchmarking the Policy Process
Identifying Best Practices

Pal’s Good Governance Benchmarks


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