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Research Handbook of Policy Design

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Research Handbook of Policy Design

9781839106590 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of Government, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, US and Guillaume Fontaine, Senior Researcher, Head of the Comparative Policy Lab, FLACSO, Ecuador
Publication Date: April 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 659 0 Extent: c 672 pp
This visionary Research Handbook presents the state of the art in research on policy design. By conceiving policy design both as a theoretical and a methodological framework, it provides scholars and practitioners with guidance on understanding policy problems and devising accurate solutions.

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This visionary Research Handbook presents the state of the art in research on policy design. By conceiving policy design both as a theoretical and a methodological framework, it provides scholars and practitioners with guidance on understanding policy problems and devising accurate solutions.

Chapters discuss the major approaches to policy design as well as the challenges that confront policy designers, and academics interested in improving this framework. More than 40 expert contributors operationalise the policy design framework around different models of causation, evaluation, instrumentation and intervention to explain and improve policy outcomes. This framework sheds new light on the nature of policy problems and the means to address these problems, while also explaining if and how a policy fits into the broader social and political environment. The Research Handbook considers not only the process of designing, and the roles that individuals and institutions play in the political process of revising and creating new policies, but also the outcome of the designing process: policy design as a plan for action.

Providing a practical alternative to the conventional theories of the policy process like the policy cycle, this Research Handbook will be critical reading for scholars and students of public policy, political theory and public administration and management. It will also be beneficial for policy makers interested in improving the ways in which they formulate public policies.
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‘The world has always needed effective policy design, though perhaps we need it now more than ever before. This impressive Handbook encompasses the state of the art showing where policy scholars and practitioners can draw inspiration and the blind spots we must aspire to do better. International in scope, it deserves to be widely read and cited.’
– Claire A. Dunlop, University of Exeter, UK and Vice Chair of the Political Studies Association

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Contributors include: Luciano Andrenacci, Marlon Barbehön, Michael Barzelay, Louis-Robert Beaulieu-Guay, Daniel Béland, Carmine Bianchi, Piyapong Boossabong, Geert Bouckaert, Giliberto Capano, Namrata Chindarkar, Hal Colebatch, Fabrizio De Francesco, Catherine Durose, Frank Fischer, Guillaume Fontaine, Brian Head, Tanya Heikkilä, Alejandro Hernández-Luis, Robert Hoppe, Michael Howlett, Patrick Le Galès, Antoine Lemor, Jenny Lewis, Patrik Marier, José Luis Méndez, Taymi Milán, Éric Montpetit, Ishani Mukherjee, Steven Ney, PerÖla Öberg, Valérie Pattyn, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre, M. Ramesh, Margaux Reiss, Liz Richardson, Sérgio Seabra, Saba Siddiki, Nick Turnbull, Isabelle Van Pevenage, Koen Verhoest, Dafne Villagrán, Adam Wellstead, Matthew Wood, Yifei Yan
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